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Mirosaw K.


Management of Organization
in the Age
of Globalization
Knowledge Management in 21st Century Organization

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Stanisaw lusarczyk, Radosaw lusarczyk

Marketing management as abase of creating companys effective competitive advantage
in the market .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 31

Barbara M. Kolbus
The basics of marketing city management. Theory and examples .................................................................................. 47

Radosaw lusarczyk
Decision Making Process in Management .................................................................................................................................................... 67

Tomasz minda
Managing the innovative activity of enterprises affiliated to formal structure of cluster ..................... 87

Korneliusz Pylak
Management of the innovation processes in enterprises of the lagging regions. Lublin province
case study ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 109

Marzena Rbiasz
Marketing communication on the Internet as the element of managing the corporate image..127

Krystyna Wojciechowska
Negotiation stages and tactics in project management ........................................................................................................... 143

Anna Szalast, Joanna Sowak

Management organization in structure social help on environmental of self-help home ............... 161

Kamil Augustyn, Kazimierz W. Krupa, Pavlo Skotnyy, Anna Zieliska

Selected aspects of an open economy .......................................................................................................................................................... 177

Aliki Jaworska
Future of the management. From Fayols 14 general principles of management to 25 anagements
Grand Challenges of Gary Hamel ......................................................................................................................................................................... 201

Marta Czerwiec, Rafa Rejmer

Dynamic capabilities in the era of globalisation ................................................................................................................................ 217

Knowledge Management in 21st Century Organization

Mirosaw K. Szpakowski

We are witnesses to deep transformations which touch nearly all aspects of life.
The fast pace of changes, and especially technological advancement, has never been so
visible. The world is becoming global and organizations which function in such reality
are facing new challenges. Not only competitive environment is changing but also mar-
ket and the needs of market participants. These processes also influence organization
Knowledge is never indifferent to changes. Thus new trends in management
have also been reflected in this publication.
The role of knowledge, information, communication and the latest IT and tech-
nological solutions cannot be overestimated. What would the contemporary world be
like without knowledge, without drawing conclusions from history, and last but not le-
ast, without skillful and effective organization management? What would our social life
be like without reflection and analysis, without resourcefulness, go-getting energy and
readiness to take risk?
The above and many more questions put by contemporary managers constitute
challenges which are faced up by the authors of this publication.
We aspire to change surrounding reality. Yet, can we change outdated mana-
gement models without relevant knowledge? The authors take the view that without
recognizing the latest solutions we cannot consciously and effectively carry out transfor-
mations in management of organization and its environment.
This publication offers both well-tried models and innovati-
ve solutions in the field of contemporary organization management. The la-
test literature on the subject, which the authors used as reference mate-
rials, confirms multidimensionality of the issue and certain weaknesses
in general theory.
How to manage knowledge in a modern organization? What actions should
be taken to gain effective advantage over competitors? How to build marketing stra-
tegy and put it into practice so that it is effective? How to manage innovations in orga-
nization? And finally how to communicate easily, quickly and cheaply in the modern

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The authors of respective chapters answer the above and other questions that
managers ask every day. They describe modern management based on the latest the-
ories, market segments, spheres of social life and own experience. They also indicate
other, less known areas of management which will hopefully constitute basis for subse-
quent publications.
Management of Organization in the Age of Globalization is a compendium
of information which in the authors opinion will provide readers with valuable tips and
become an inspiration to other researchers.
We would like to thank all authors who contributed to the final shape of this

Mirosaw K. Szpakowski
Barbara M. Kolbus

Mirosaw K. Szpakowski

Mirosaw K. Szpakowski
PhD student at Kozminski University in Warsaw, Poland

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Everyone has been surprised by globalization and interculturalism which rea-

ches most unexpected spheres of our everyday lives. That is why globalization and in-
terculturalism in management, which is closely related to it, is the most important of va-
rious factors of environmental scanning which affect the development ofmanagement
thought1. It should be added at this point that in 21st century organization manage-
ment, issues of knowledge management are of special importance in the age of globali-
zation which affects from outside everything that isinside amodern organization.2 Let us
emphasize that organization is the most complex and intensive construction of human
community in terms of relations. Itischaracterized by different structures, legal forms
and types of relations. Theknowledge about its functioning is essential to competent
organization management3. Applying information technologies in organization mana-
gement determines changes in economic relations and attitudes substantially. These
technologies influence changes in organizing company work and functioning ofcertain
elements of company environment. Therefore, the very new information technologies
allow for globalization process that is for reducing financial, political and social barriers
in asignificant way4.
This doctoral thesis discusses the role of management which is set in the area
ofcontemporary organization theory with aparticular reference to knowledge and its
practical use. Although that theory often functions as asupporter of other branches, its
role is extremely significant because the importance of modern organizations increases
in social life. They replace various primitive groups, like family and tribal communities
or local ones. As Andrzej K. Kozminski puts it [after Perrow 1969] according to some
researches, social life outside organizations would be impossible, because the modern
world is the world of organizations5. But this world must be skillfully managed to be
K. Czainska, Odkry zarzdzanie (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Profesjonalne PWN, 2010), p. 92.
B. Siuta-Tokarska, Zarzdzanie wiedz jako czynnik rozwoju wspczesnej organizacji in R. Borowiecki, J. Czekaj
eds. Zarzdzanie zasobami informacyjnymi wwarunkach nowej gospodarki (Warszawa: Difin SA, 2010), p. 106.
M. Kugiel, Istota organizacji in M. Kugiel ed. Zarzdzanie (Warszawa: Wysza Szkoa Promocji, 2010), p. 214.
G. Kobyko, M. Morawski, Przedsibiorstwo zorientowane na wiedz (Warszawa: Centrum Doradztwa iInno
wacji Difin Sp. zo.o., 2006), p. 139.
A.K. Komiski, D. Latusek-Jurczak, Rozwj teorii organizacji. Od systemu do sieci (Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer
Polska Sp. zo.o., 2011), p. 14.
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able to develop normally and dynamically. It should be emphasized here that managing
is significant in building new value systems ofmodern human6, whereas information
technologies constitute afoundation for other knowledge-based economy subsystems7
which affect functioning of various organizations and values they are directed by. The
values in organization constitute one of more significant areas of interest for the author
and they have been devoted alot of attention in his research so far. Hence an inspira-
tion to take astand in the aforementioned issue which is directly connected with the
doctoral thesis inpreparation. The thesis is set in the field of organization management
[acatholic parish specifically] in acontext of using new ICT applications. It broadly pre-
sents theproblem of relation management and communication- not only in local but
also inmore global dimension8.

1. Culture and values in organization management

While looking into the phenomenon of common globalization, especially inor-

ganization management, it should be pointed out that modern managers must take on
aglobal strategy in their assumptions now. It ought to be based not only on avision,
but on global aims as well. Culture9 is afoundation of such abroad perception of the
meaning of organization, strategy and management itself10. What isorganization culture
then? It is an individual for each organization value andthinking system which makes
it unique11. Without that system it is difficult toimagine contemporary management.
Mary Jo Hatch says that organization culture is probably the hardest to define notion
in the organization theory12. This statement is almost undisputable. Moreover, not only
culture13 can be described in such away but also the value system, without which effec-

W. M. Grudzewski, I. K. Hejduk, A. Sankowska, M. Watuchowicz, Zarzdzanie zaufaniem worganizacjach
wirtualnych ( Warszawa: Difin, 2007), p. 24.
W. M. Grudzewski, I. K. Hejduk, Zarzdzanie technologiami. Zaawansowane technologie iwyzwanie ich komer-
cjalizacji (Warszawa: Difin, 2008), p. 33.
As far as the theory of organization is concerned, one can confirm the legitimacy of analysis of interrela
tions between changes and adaptability on the global community level as well as on the level of individual
organizations See: K. Grzesiuk, Adaptacyjno jako wyzwanie wspczesnych spoeczestw iorganizacji
in M. Pawlak ed. Nowe tendencje wzarzdzaniu (Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL, 2010), p. 204.
Basically, organization culture constitutes the character of an organization. See: S.L. Dolan, S. Garcia,
B. Richley, Managing by Values: ACorporate Guide to Living, Being Alive and Making aLiving in the 21st Century
(Basingstoke [England]; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), pp. 1-17.
Z. Malara, J. Rzchowski, Zarzdzanie informacj na rynku globalnym. Teoria ipraktyka (Warszawa: Wydaw-
nictwo C.H. Beck, 2011), p. 15.
M. Chrzcik, Zarzdzanie wiedz in Zarzdzanie. Praca zbiorowa pod redakcj naukow dr. hab. Mirosa-
wa Kugiela (Warszawa: Wysza Szkoa Promocji, 2010), p. 180.
M.J. Hatch, Organization Theory (Warszawa: WN PWN, 2002), p. 206.
Organization culture is defined in various ways. The term is used in many fields of science and is interpret-
ed diversely. In the area of organization and management theory there is no agreement among research
ers as to the content of this phenomenon. One of the definitions says e.g. that organization culture is aset
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tive managing of amodern organization is difficult to imagine.

While discussing the value system in management in the time of common glo-
balization of social life, let us refer to the authors largest authority. According toJohn
Paul II teaching,: globalization is not good or bad a priori. It will look like people will
make it. No system is an aim in itself, so it should be stated consistently, that globaliza-
tion, like any system, must serve an individual, and must serve solidarity and common
good14. These words contain an important message which deserves our attention while
analyzing globalization15, in the context of organization management.
Monika Kostera reminds us that: the modern world is the world of organiza-
tions. Itdoes not mean that they are anew phenomenon, because they have accom-
panied human experience since the most ancient times16. Let us add that this thought
isapplicable to other notions e.g. information and knowledge. Therefore, from amuch
larger perspective (almost the whole human history that we know), let us notice that:
matter, energy and information are the three elements the arrangement of which de-
termines civilization paradigms. [] In the pre-industrial era it was matter that domina-
ted. In the early-industrial era the use of energy gradually grew up, toreach ahigh level
of mechanized processing. In the industrial one the importance of matter and energy
was relatively diminished while information17 and knowledge became key factors18.
As we see, the main value in the new global society will be knowledge. Hence the notions
which are frequently used: economy based onknowledge and knowledge society19.
Modern economies and societies are commonly described in this way20. At the same
time extraordinary importance ofknowledge in the development of modern civilization
is emphasized.

of sound rules of behaviour discovered, formulated and developed by the group. See: G. Zasuwa, Kultura
organizacyjna izarzdzanie zmianami in A. Lisiecki, H. Ponikowski eds. Wspczesne organizacje iregiony
wprocesie zmian globalnych (Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL, 2004), pp. 203-204.
John Paul II, Globalization and Ethics. Addressing participants of 7th Plenary Session of the Pontifical
Academy of Social Sciences, 27 April 2001.
Globalization is a concept referring to characteristic trends in world economy, politics, social life and
culture, manifesting themselves in dissemination of similar phenomena and processes all over the world.
See: Z. Malara, J. Rzchowski, Zarzdzanie informacj na rynku globalnym. Teoria i praktyka (Warszawa:
Wydawnictwo C.H. Beck, 2011), p. 14.
M. Kostera, Wspczesne koncepcje zarzdzania (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Wydziau Zarzdzania
Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 2008), Introduction.
17 When information is juxtaposed with contexts and experience, it becomes knowledge. See: Z. Malara,
J. Rzchowski, 2011, op. cit., p. 19.
K. Krzysztofek, M.S. Szczepaski, Zrozumie rozwj od spoeczestw tradycyjnych do informacyjnych (Kato-
wice: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu lskiego, 2002), p. 176.
See: W. Wtroba, Spoeczestwo konsumpcyjne ( Wrocaw: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego we
Wrocawiu, 2009).
L.W. Zacher, Transformacje spoeczestw od informacji do wiedzy (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo C.H. Beck,
2007), p. 190.
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2. Knowledge versus modern organization management

While examining the role of knowledge in modern organization management

let us quote afew interpretations of the word knowledge. For example, Richard McDer-
mott treats it as the remains of thinking and more precisely as aresult of information
andexperience application in the thinking process21. Elbieta Skrzypek, who presents
knowledge in aslightly different way, characterizes it as an ordered reflection ofreali-
ty in ahuman brain, acreative attitude that forms new solutions and processes22. Iku-
juro Nonaka and Hirotaka Takeuchi, on the other hand, call knowledge aconfirmed
conviction23. There are many more definitions concerning knowledge and its role
in modern organization management. Some of them will be referred to, but only in the
context of management.
Afew chosen definitions should be known in order to have areference point infurther discus-
sions of the role of knowledge in modern organization management. They are as follow:

1. Knowledge management is an attempt to add or make values through more active

influence of abilities, experience and wisdom which, in many cases, arepresent out-
side the organization24.
2. Knowledge management is strategies and methods of knowledge identification
and acquisition as well as knowledge impact in order to make a company more
3. Knowledge management is a multidisciplinary approach of a company in order
to reach the designated aims through making the best use of knowledge26.
4. Knowledge management is amethod of identification, creation, acquisition, assimi-
lation, sharing and using knowledge by an organization27.
5. Knowledge management is formation and subsequent managing of an environ-
ment in which the knowledge is made, shared, improved and where it is used for the
organization and its customers sake28.

R. McDermott, Why Information Technology Inspired But Cannot Deliver Knowledge Management, Cali-
fornia Management Review No. 4/1990, p. 106.
E. Skrzypek, Miejsce zarzdzania informacjami i wiedz w strategii przedsibiorstwa in A. Stabrya ed.
Zarzdzanie firm wspoeczestwie informacyjnym (Krakw: Wydawnictwo EJB, 2002), p. 680.
I. Nonaka, H. Takeuchi, Kreowanie wiedzy worganizacji (Warszawa: Poltext, 2000), p. 80.
R. Rugells, The state of the notion: knowledge management in practice, California Management Review,
No. 40-3 (1998), p. 80.
C. ODell, K. Wiig, P. Odem, Benchmarking unveils emerging knowledge management strategies, Bench
marking, No. 6-3 (1999), p. 203.
SAI, Knowledge management: aframework for succeeding in the knowledge era (Sydney: Standards Australia
International, 2001), p. 7.
M.C. Rumizen, The complete idiots guide to knowledge management (Madison: CWL Publishing Enterprises,
2002), p. 288.
BSI, Knowledge management vocabulary (London: British Standards Institute, 2003), p. 19.
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6. Knowledge management is systematical and organized use of knowledge sources

[including information on customers, products, processes, competitors etc. inafor-
mal or uncodified form] to make the organization function better29.

Let us notice these are only definitions that have been chosen from among many oth-
ers and which are found in specialist literature. They have not been quoted accidentally.
In the authors estimation they convey both variety of interpretations and the richness
of the notion which we still try to place in the general theory oforganization.
So we see how broad aterm knowledge is. It can be defined in various ways andmany
interpretations are not uncontroversial, but it is possible, and even necessary, to po-
lemicize with them. We do not, however, take such an ambitious challenge, restricting
ourselves solely to asketch approximation of the problem which concerns the authors
professional experience.

3. Knowledge and information in creating information society

Let us remember after all that information is bound inseparably with knowledge
which, in turn, is afoundation of such adynamic development of the information soci-
ety30. That development influences global economy, culture and information. Weshould
not forget that knowledge has never been and will never be reducible toinformation
as such, because it contains, apart from bare information, thecompetence of its inter-
pretation, use and application31. L. Zienkowski wrote that economy development had
always been based on one or another kind of knowledge and the countries where it was
on ahigh level, gained acomparative advantage, thanks to which their development was
faster32. We can state now, with certainty, that we are co-creating the knowledge society.
Yet, it should be noticed that the way to this stage was not short, as it lasted thousands
of years. Even the very attempt tolook at the process, not from here and now point
of view, but from amuch further perspective, will enable us to see that humanity has
only attained ahalf-way of their cognitive development. While looking into the human
history we state that knowledge is, by no means, anew component in the world of hu-
manity. People have created, collected and made use of knowledge since time imme-

KPMG, source: Knowledge Management in Poland 2004. KPMG Research Report.
In information society people and the knowledge theyve acquired are treated as companys assets which
can be acquired, motivated, developed, supervised and estimated. Through training process such assets
become astrategic factor in information and communication media in complex market environment. See:
Z. Malara, J. Rzchowski, 2011, op.cit., p. 60.
R. Tadeusiewicz, Rewolucja spoeczestwa informacyjnego na tle wczeniejszych rewolucji
cywilizacyjnych in L.H. Haber, M. Niezgoda eds. Spoeczestwo informacyjne. Aspekty funkcjonalne
idysfunkcjonalne (Krakw: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagielloskiego, 2006), p. 38.
L. Zienkowski, Wprowadzenie in L. Zienkowski ed. Wiedza awzrost gospodarczy (Warszawa: Wydawnict-
wo Naukowe SCHOLAR, 2003), p. 9.
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morial. Among the documented ones there are excellent examples: the archives that
have been found inSyria, dating from 4000 years ago or, founded over 300 years B.C. the
Alexandrian Library. It was much later, just in 19th century, when the works of eminent
economists: Friedrich von Hayek, Alfred Marshall and Joseph Schumpeter contributed
to introducing knowledge into the general theory of economics. That was also the be-
ginning of both radical changes in viewing it and its growing importance. All that was
happening at the turn of 20th and 21st centuries, along with theabovementioned devel-
opment of information society33. While analyzing thepossibility of practical use of knowl-
edge, we can assume [like Ray Kurzweil] that as early as in the first half of 21st century an
artificial intelligence which exceeds human intelligence and which will be even abillion
times more powerful, can be created34. The future will show whether it happens or not.
When one takes into account the dynamics of technological development it is not only
believable. Aproposition can be risked that today we are not able to imagine where and
how far the development of modern science and technology will lead us.
It is still a distant and uncertain future, although it is worth giving attention
to one more contemporary definition of knowledge while giving some thought to how
humanity can utilize the acquired knowledge. In the PWN [Polish Scientific Publishing
House] Encyclopedia we can find the following: it is the whole of reliable information
on reality along with the ability to use it35. As we see then, everything depends on skil-
ful utilization of the acquired knowledge. We should hope that humanity will make use
of it to attain peaceful goals. First of all, to develop organizations for the social sake, not
for military aims, because the history of humanity proves otherwise.
From the point of view of modern organizations which use knowledge to share
andpopularize it, we see that knowledge constitutes the most important factor toef-
fectively use both individual and group experience in the activity of those organizations.
It enables single, isolated pieces of information or skills to be transferred into stores
of knowledge that serve the whole organization36. Those, inturn, are of inestimable val-
ue for the executives, who are interested in askilful37 and effective knowledge manage-
ment38, which is the key store of the given subject.
Therefore, we see how important a store is knowledge for the functioning

E. Krok, Zarzdzanie wiedz in A. Szewczyk ed. Spoeczestwo informacyjne problemy rozwoju
(Warszawa: Difin, 2007), p. 172.
R. Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (New York 2005), pp. 278-379.
Encyklopedia PWN 2000, vol. 13 (Warszawa: PWN, 2002), p. 87.
M. Chrzcik, op. cit., p.184.
The definition of effectiveness was adopted by W. Kieun after T. Kotarbiski [Polish philosopher], who
stated that effective action is such an action which leads to the effect intended as an aim. See: T. Kotarbiski,
Traktat odobrej robocie, 4th ed. (Wrocaw-Warszawa-Krakw-Gdask: Zakad im. Ossoliskich, 1975), p. 104.
Treating knowledge as akey store of acompany requires managing such astore in order to use it effec-
tively for the company (organization) sake. See: E. Krok, 2007, op. cit., p. 177.
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of an organization. While thinking of an effective39 organization management, let us

quote Aristotle: to know means to be able to act. Since in the managing process, knowl-
edge and its flow among the particular units are directly bound with key management
decisions. We can say that here we touch on the notion ofinterpersonal communication
where knowledge sharing concerns intraorganization transfer. It is an exceptionally im-
portant process in organization management, as communication influences an effective
knowledge transfer40.
Such asignificant store of an organization requires aprofessional, competent41,
and,above all, efficient42 management43. The above especially applies to modern organi-
zations of the beginning of 21st century.

4. Knowledge management and organization wisdom

More and more can be read and heard of knowledge management nowadays.
In the authors opinion this modern concept is rightly based on the assumption that
knowledge is the most valuable store that acontemporary organization possesses. How-
ever, to be able to manage that wealth more efficiently, new ways of its better use are
being searched. Knowledge management in the context of earlier quoted history of
its use, is acomparatively anew concept, because it was formulated aslate as the 80s
of 20th century. The year 1987 has been accepted as its beginning when, in the USA,
the first conference: Managing the Knowledge Assent into 21st Century organized by
Purduge University and the DEC Company took place. Thedevelopment of knowledge
management came in the late 90s. The trend has invariably lasted up till now44.
Thus we should agree with the statement: knowledge management includes
thewhole of processes connected with acquiring, localizing, producing, transferring, uti-
lizing and retaining knowledge, so the aims of the organization can be realized. Itrelies
on such an approach to the organization experience that it is accessible for each em-

W. Kieun claims that the basic forms (advantages) of efficient action which prevent its chaotic nature
and disorder are: effectiveness, profitability and cost-effectiveness. See: W. Kieun, Sprawne zarzdzanie
organizacj (Warszawa: Oficyna Wydawnicza SGH, 1998), p. 18-20.
P. A. Szymaski, Wybrane zagadnienia emisji gosu wpracy pedagoga in J. Skwarek ed. Zamojskie Studia
iMateriay. Seria: Pedagogika, No. 1/2011 (Zamo: WSZiA, 2011), p. 102.
It is not company that is competent - it is employees who have to be competent. So, if anyone can manage
competence, there should be those who are competent themselves See: M. Sidor-Rzdkowska, Zarzdzanie
kompetencjami Teoria ipraktyka,, accessed 10 August 2009.
[] management theory deals with directives of (efficient) action in the sphere of organization manage-
ment. See: A.K. Komiski, D. Latusek-Jurczak, op. cit., p. 17.
[] knowledge, qualifications, and employee attitudes decide about differences between companies
which are successful and those which are mediocre. See: Z. Malara, J. Rzchowski, op. cit., p. 60.
M. Chrzcik, op. cit., p. 171.
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ployee easily and quickly, depending on their interests, needs andqualifications45. In the
authors view, which results from his professional experience, it is away of amore effecti-
ve knowledge and human resources management, as he has been amanager, co-owner
and shareholder of many ICT companies [from 1993 to 2012]46.
When we want to refer to a purely economic aspect of the organization functioning,
we become convinced at the very beginning of the literature analysis, that theattempts
of knowledge definitions which have been made connect it to the data and information
notions. Let us emphasize here that e.g. Annie Brooking47 treats numbers, symbols, pic-
tures and facts without acontext as the data. She recognizes the data placed in acertain
context as information, but the knowledge as such isdescribed as the ability to use infor-
mation. David J. Skyrme48 also defines knowledge alike.
So we notice that the notions of information and knowledge are not always
identical, what is more, they can be even contradictory. Jrgen Mittlestrass is right when
he pays attention to it and who discriminates knowledge and information while stating:
Information is seen as the whole knowledge, but then it is not noticed that information
is only aspecial kind of knowledge, namely away and means of its relocation. [] There
appears an ability of transformation and abelief in righteousness of the information in
the place of ones own skill to create the knowledge. The information should be believed
in. If the knowledge cannot be tested, it becomes visible thanks to the information49.
In spite of the fact that there are vast stores of knowledge at our disposal, we
have tolearn how to make use of it intelligently. Only then we will be fully aware how
agreat and strategic achievement for humanity both information and knowledge are.
It can be stated therefore that intelligent and conscious application of the owned stores
will enable us to attain the highest development stage that is wisdom50.
That wisdom [in the authors view] will let us understand then, in amore glo-
bal dimension, the following statement: [] each technology: information, biology,
communication and nanotechnology has a material base but it functions on the gro-
unds of knowledge based information controlling processes. That way the importan-
ce of energy and mass diminishes while the importance of information increases which

Ibid., p. 171.
Framko sp. j.; Framko 2 sp. j.; Framko 3 sp. zo.o.; Przedsibiorstwo Komputerowe Framko 4 sp. zo.o.; Framko
5 s.c.; Framko 6 Lux sp. zo.o.; Framko 7 Vip sp. zo.o.; Przedsibiorstwo Optimus sp. zo.o.; Lubelskie Centrum
Komputerowe sp. zo.o.; Knowledge Innovation Center sp. zo.o.
A. Brooking, Corporate Memory. Strategies for Knowledge Memory (London: International Thompson Busi-
ness Press, 1999), pp. 4-5.
D. J. Skyrme, Knowledge Networking. Creating the Collaborative Enterprise (Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann,
1999), p. 47.
J. Mittelstrass, LeonardoWelt ber Wissenschaft, Forschung und Verantwortung, Suhrkamp (Frankfurt, 1993),
p. 24.
M. Karciarz, M. Dutko, Informacja wInternecie (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 2011), Conclusion.
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leads to the establishing of information society. This trend is visible in long waves
of basic innovations that present the development of production forces. It is accompanied
by globalization processes which require high-level information andorganization achie-
vements of aregulative type in technological development, production and distribution

5. Knowledge and new technologies in creating competitive advantage

In the era of strong competition, organizations have to not only watch thead-
vancement of new technologies, but also to implement them in their everyday activity.
It is vital both for individual organizations and for the whole economy. To attain that
most welcomed social process, the development of new technologies, especially the ICT
ones, should be supported. Those technologies enable afaster social and economic ad-
vancement and involve us in the creating process of the global information society52.
Certainly nothing revealing has been presented here, especially in the context of orga-
nization competitiveness. Many years ago Joseph Schumpeter53, Peter Drucker54 and
Robert Solow55 maintained thattechnological progress, especially that of technologies,
and their implementation into manufacturing processes56, constitute asignificant lever
in gaining an advantage in competition. They are, therefore, aleading force towards eco-
nomic growth of not only organizations but of states and nations as well. It is afact but
this process isworth quoting and emphasizing.
Acondition of its development is anecessarily effective, of good quality, exten-
ded telecommunication infrastructure. It is important, as ICT technologies make anac-
cess to information as well as to knowledge much easier57. The access as such is not su-
fficient, because there is another, not aless vital condition. In fact theabovementioned

M. Wechmann, G. Wechmann, Ksztatowanie spoeczestwa wiedzy in J. Demianowicz ed. Wpyw idei
zrwnowaonego rozwoju na polityk pastwa iregionw (Biaystok: Wydawnictwo Wyszej Szkoy Ekonomi-
cznej wBiaymstoku, 2009), pp. 99-100.
Ibroadly discussed the issue of information society in the article Spoeczestwo informacyjne wglobal-
nym wiecie [Information society in the global world], published by Wydawnictwo IVG in the book Gos-
podarka XXI Wieku. Innowacyjno, ekonomika iorganizacja, Wydanie II (Szczecin 2012).
J.A. Schumpeter, The Theory of Economic Development (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University
Press, 1949), p. 68.
P.F. Drucker, Innowacje iprzedsibiorczo (Warszawa: PWE, 1992).
R.M. Solow, Technical change and the aggregate production function, Review of Economics and Statistics,
vol. 39 (1957), pp. 312-320.
Manufacturing process can also be called aproduction process of manufacturing and assembling nature.
[] Manufacturing process functions on the basis of conducted research and development works, proper-
production technical preparation, supplies and realization of various technological processes. See: W.M.
Grudzewski, I.K. Hejduk, op. cit., p. 18.
A. Dbrowska, M. Jano-Kreso, Konsument na rynku e-usug wkrajach Europy rodkowo-Wschodniej (Warszawa:
Difin SA, 2010), p. 22.
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knowledge will be more dependent on the knowledge created inascientific manner, as

it is the scientific one that gradually becomes the main source of generally recognized
knowledge. This does not mean it is the only one for a society. Apart from the scien-
ce there are also common wisdom, religious knowledge, poetic intuition and anumber
of others58.
In the context of the organization management, first of all, let us focus onthesci-
entific knowledge, together with ascientific59 approach to managing it. Knowledge man-
agement has been enormously popular for over the last decade. Its popularity is still
growing which can be confirmed by aconsiderable number ofpublications and organi-
zation initiatives60. Therefore many of pop management type publications can be easily
found nowadays. These present knowledge management as the best panacea for each
organization problem61. Let us ask a question: Is it really so? Certainly it is impossible
to agree with such a view. Organization and management theories, considering the
knowledge factor, are much more complex than we can imagine. Knowledge man-
agement is concerned with complicated processes of knowledge creation, its codi-
fication, organizing, storing, finding, applying and transferring62. The key processes
of knowledge management first of all include knowledge acquiring, knowledge retain-
ing, knowledge localizing, knowledge utilizing, knowledge sharing63, its dissemination
and development64. Thus, knowledge management is not important only in the aspect
of individual organization competitiveness. It should be applied broader to multina-
tional [global] corporations, states and even the whole nations.
Nowadays [from aglobal perspective] we clearly see that the states which invest-
ed considerable means in science and knowledge development as well as in mastering
systems of its management were economically successful. It was possible because these
components of their strategy facilitated development of innovation processes based
on implementation of new organizational solutions with the use of new technologies,

M. Wechmann, G. Wechmann, op. cit., p. 100.
Social reality exists objectively and should be reflected in research process based on scientific method.
See: . Sukowski, Metodologie emic ietic wbadaniach kultury wzarzdzaniu, Management and Business
Administration Central Europe, 1/12 (Warszawa: Akademia Leona Komiskiego, 2012), p. 66.
K. Klincewicz, Cele zarzdzania wiedz in D. Jemielniak, A.K. Komiski eds. Zarzdzanie wiedz, Wydanie
II (Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer Polska Sp. zo.o., 2012), p. 71.
D. Jemielniak, The Management Science as aPractical Field: In Support of Action Research, International
Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Vol. 6, No. 3 (2006).
A. K. Komiski, Zarzdzanie wiedz, Wydanie II (Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer Polska Sp. zo.o., 2012), Intro-
Out of all processes of knowledge management, the process of knowledge sharing is viewed as one
of most difficult processes to be realized by business people. See: M. Staniewski, Zarzdzanie wiedz
w przedsibiorstwach przegld bada in J. Dbrowski, G. Gierszewska eds. Strategie przedsibiorstw
azarzdzanie wiedz (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Wyszej Szkoy Zarzdzania iPrzedsibiorczoci im. Leona
Komiskiego, 2005), p. 28.
M. Chrzcik, op. cit., p. 175.
Mirosaw K. Szpakowski

systems and management strategies. These, in turn, enabled thecompanies from those
states to gain asignificant competitive advantage65 ontheglobal market. We can state
convincingly that knowledge is an indefinable organization store which, when properly
developed and skillfully managed leads it to a certain success. In a modern organiza-
tion abased-on-knowledge strategy focuses on arelatively small group of key workers
who are able to retain, develop and multiply knowledge. The foundation of this strategy
is the concept the winners take it all! As aresult of that strategy, an organization aims at
gaining an exceptional advantage over its competitors and at getting an extraordinary
allowance being the effect of auniqueness of knowledge which it has at its disposal66.
It should beremembered, however, that the majority of products which are on the mar-
ket, isbased on the knowledge use. Therefore, it is not in itself asource of competition
advantage. While comparing our organization to the competitors we are able toevalu-
ate how precious the possessed knowledge is and to find its significant differences. We
ask then what exceptional innovation or know-how we possess67 andhow we use them.
An answer to these questions is amagic key how to gain acompetitive advantage. Both
companies and societies which have discerned the need of investing into knowledge
and creating information and knowledge society, develop this way.

6. Information technology in organization management

Employing top qualified people makes abase for social and cultural use ofknowledge
and its accumulation in the organization. The shaping of organizational culture which,
in turn, creates favourable conditions for using those qualifications inorder to create new
organization knowledge and active use of the existing one, makes abasis for an effec-
tive management here. It also makes the organization culture similar to the cultural pat-
terns which are in effect in research teams68. Andrzej K. Kominski includes apassion for
learning, searching for abased on recognized scientific achievements prestige, freedom
of creation activity in freely formed research teams which consist of people who have
similar interests and are receptive both to the world and to other professional circles.
An important thought of Professor Kominski should be emphasized here.
He says: the organization based on knowledge must create a very peculiar and so-
phisticated information environment because the information processes are the basis
forcreating and using knowledge. They must take place in the environment ofthemost
advanced information technologies that include both hardware and software69. New in-
W.M. Grudzewski, I. K. Hejduk, op. cit., pp. 24-25.
Ibid, Introduction.
K. Klincewicz, op. cit., p. 75.
A.K. Komiski, Zarzdzanie anauka, Nauka 2000 No.1.
A.K. Komiski, op. cit., p. 19.
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novative technologies also [if not first of all] supply useful tools which make knowledge
management easier. The most popular include: systems of document management,
workflow systems, systems of group work supporting, intranet and e-learning tools70.
While talking about innovative technologies inthecontext of knowledge management,
let us notice that its task is also directing the creativity of individual workers and en-
abling them to develop new solutions which are useful for the company71. Here we touch
the field of human resources management which constitutes an extremely important
component of ageneral theory of knowledge management in amodern organization.
There is no contradiction in the fact that implementing solutions in the area
ofknowledge management with the use of the newest technologies is usually very ex-
pensive and time consuming. Because of that it requires aconvincing economic justifi-
cation which is well-prepared and adjusted to the abilities of the organization business
plan. It can be drawn up on the basis of the assumed [as aresult of anevaluation] be-
nefits from the efficient knowledge management. We also consider here how easy it
is to reach the necessary information and to make reaction time faster as well as to base
managerial decisions on the appropriate knowledge. Wecan get more arguments from
critical situation analysis and costs of lacking knowledge or asudden loss of it72 [i.e. as
aresult of improper policy in the protection of intellectual property]. It is crucially impor-
tant and even dangerous while considering further organization functioning.
Let us remember however, that knowledge resources management should not
be restricted to the protection of intellectual property! Also the identification ofknowl-
edge management with the company computerization would be a similar mistake73.
The managers who head organizations must now remember thatnoinformation system
is able to accomplish organizational knowledge management tasks on its own74, as or-
ganizational knowledge is asum ofconcentrated-on man resources, intellectual stores,
structural and market ones. Inother words organizational knowledge can be described
as processed information which is nested in algorithms and in processes that enable
action. It is also the knowledge which has been intercepted by organization systems,
processes, products, rules and culture75. Although the importance of culture has been
mentioned earlier, let us add and emphasize that the ties between organization culture
and theway of managing knowledge in the organization are very close. While both or-
D. Latusek-Jurczak, Rola kultury organizacyjnej wzarzdzaniu wiedz in D. Jemielniak, A.K. Komiski
eds. Zarzdzanie wiedz, Wydanie II (Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer Polska Sp. zo.o., 2012), p. 156.
K. Klincewicz, op. cit., p. 76.
Ibid., p. 83.
K. Klincewicz, Management Fashions. Turning Best-Selling Ideas into Objects and Institutions (New Bruns-
wick: Transaction Publishers, 2006), pp. 56-57.
R. McDermott, Why information technology inspired but cannot deliver knowledge management, Cali-
fornia Management Review, Vol. 41, No. 4 (1999).
M. Chrzcik, op. cit., p. 179.
Mirosaw K. Szpakowski

ganization culture and its knowledge, in theory, can be analysed apart in practice there
are direct relations between them. These relations can be formulated as follows: the
culture as asystem of rules and the culture as aknowledge storehouse76. The system
of rules, of course, may be acomponent of the computer system, alike archival data base
[information database]. Yet, in order to possess essential information database we should
first of all work out means of systematic data collecting and adjusting them to specific
needs of our organization77. Forcomputer system is acollection of interdependent com-
ponents whose role istoprocess the collected data by means of computer techniques78.
Typical computer systems are here advanced applications which aid the work of highly
qualified specialists where highest application layer is made up of integrated computer
systems. These systems are implemented as acomputer application environment which
integrates various areas of company functioning on the operation level79. However,
in order to possess vital information database we should first of all work out means of
systematic collection of essential data adjusted to specific needs of our organization80.
In the context of modern organization management, applying computer andte-
lecommunications systems also significantly facilitates coordination of staff teams which
do not have to meet at the same time and in the same place81. Thanks to that we save
time and means of agiven organization. Internet is unquestionably an inestimable tool
for amodern manager as it facilitates communication in teams82. Thus, managers have
apossibility of conducting virtual meetings and working from adistance. It is possible
thanks to tools such as online chat, electronic mailing lists, teleconferences and video-
conferences which connect individual computers, thesocalled peer-to-peer solutions
(P2P). We already have apossibility of remote monitoring acomputer screen of the other
person, joint writing of the same document or completing agraphics diagram83. These
are very useful tools which substantially facilitate communication and support processes
of organization management atthesame time.

D. Latusek-Jurczak, op. cit., p. 148.
J. Fudaliski, Analizy sektorowe wstrategicznym zarzdzaniu przedsibiorstwem (Krakw: Antykwa, 2002), p. 136.
Compare: I. Sommerville, Software Engineering (Reading Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1996), p. 24.
M. Flasiski, Zarzdzanie projektami informatycznymi (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 2007), p. 18.
J. Fudaliski, op. cit., p. 136.
D. Latusek-Jurczak, op. cit., p. 198.
Aturning point emerges in thinking about communication and the very process of communicating
that is Internet. See: M.K. Szpakowski, Internet as atool supporting creating communities in J. Skwarek
ed. Zamojskie Studia iMateriay. Seria: Pedagogika, No. 1/2011 (Zamo: WSZiA, 2011), p. 95.
K. Klincewicz, Systemy i struktury gromadzenia i rozpowszechniania wiedzy in D. Jemielniak, A.K.
Komiski eds. Zarzdzanie wiedz, Wydanie II (Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer Polska Sp. zo.o., 2012), p. 198.
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7. Communication and human factor in organization

knowledge management

Both practitioners and theoreticians of organization management sciences

emphasize numerous benefits of team work and face to face meetings as forms ofex-
changing information and working out new ideas. Different knowledge andexperience
of participants at such meetings enable decision-makers to look atthe same issues from
different points of view. Such apossibility stimulates seeking creative and best concep-
tions. Joint team work also makes it possible to find solutions which could not be worked
out individually. It is the effect of synergy according to which ateam means something
more than atotal of individuals. Thus, such meetings make it possible to refer to unique
stores of knowledge of individual participants84 and their competence. Professional com-
petence management enables predicting future needs and preventing lack of knowl-
edge in future. Consequent supporting and developing staff competence constitutes
an essential element oforganization management. Admittedly, it is rather atraditional
element inprocesses of managing human resources which was broadly discussed inlit-
erature on the subject long before the concept of knowledge management emerged but
it still works perfectly in amodern concept of management. It is still popular although
more and more often applied interchangeably with the concept ofknowledge manage-
ment85. With reference to management context and best practices in this field, let us
move back to the year 1989. It was when consultants atMcKinsey Company published
abestseller entitled In Search of Excellence by T.J. Peters and R.H. Waterman, Jr, who pre-
sented standards to follow based on best managed companies in the USA. Thomas J. Pe-
ters was hailed business guru byFortune and The Economist and Los Angeles Times
called him father of post modern corporation. He is the author of numerous international
publications, among others: APassion for Excellence and Thriving on Chaos. Professionally,
he isChairman of the Board at Tom Peters Company. Whereas Robert H. Waterman, Jr
is the author of best selling books The Renewal Factor, Adhocracy and What America Does
Right. Professionally, he is the director of The Waterman Group. Atthe very beginning
of their book the authors state that: [] we (authors) were ideal leaders of the project
concerning organization effectiveness. It may sound not very modest but it is true
after all.
Since the books publication almost every author of ahow-to book or atextbook
addressed to business people has referred to the formula described there, theformula
concerning guidelines how to enter the path to success effectively. Every ambitious

D. Latusek-Jurczak, op. cit., p. 198.
K. Klincewicz, Cele zarzdzania wiedz in D. Jemielniak, A.K. Komiski eds. Zarzdzanie wiedz, Wydanie II
(Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer Polska Sp. zo.o., 2012), p. 84.
Mirosaw K. Szpakowski

manager wanted to copy the presented successes by following the example of other
organizations and drawing on their experience and knowledge. Company best practices
adopted by reputed firms which are worth following are often discussed in this con-
text. In his doctoral thesis the author also refers to the aforementioned concept but
in aslightly different context. As aformality, let us also add at this point that there has
even been created anew technique of watching and imitating best undertakings cal-
led benchmarking. To put it simply, thetechnique consists in observing activities of such
organizations which are considered market leaders and copying the methods in own
company86. It is avery effective tool which aids organization management successfully
on modern and very competitive global market.
Advanced and highly dynamic development of modern economy, as it were, de-
mands of companies not only effective knowledge management which is created inside
an organization, but also active search for knowledge from the outside87. In most ge-
neral perspective, organization environment consists in everything that lies beyond its
[organizations] borders88. Using knowledge from this environment isfacilitated by dy-
namic development of information and communication technologies, where the main
area of communication is the aforementioned Internet89. In its abundance of information
we can also find different types ofthematic discussion forums. Since membership in dif-
ferent types of forums isvoluntary and informal, their scope is almost global. There are
practically nobarriers to enter such communities. Internet also changes the very process
ofgetting information. There emerge new rules of the game of getting it and new po-
ssibilities in that respect90. There are innumerable portals and discussion forums for spe-
cialist in given professions, organizations or simply internauts interested inagiven topic.
They exchange views and experience there and they can get afast and professional help
as well. Thus, we have invaluable, easy and quick access to knowledge. It is essential
in asituation when reaction time determines competitiveness of our organization. Cer-
tainly, such possibilities do not exclude meetings in real world, but these are less com-
mon and important91 (according tomany managers heading various organizations). Let

Ibid., p. 89.
J. Dbrowski, I. Koadkiewicz, Zarzdzanie wiedz aprzedsibiorstwach dziaajcych wPolsce wyniki
bada in B. Wawrzyniak ed. Zarzdzanie wiedz w przedsibiorstwie (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo WSPiZ,
M.J. Hatch, op. cit., p. 77.
The role and importance of Internet in contemporary world is presented in my article Internet as atool
supporting creating communities, published by Wysza Szkoa Zarzdzania i Administracji in Zamo
in Zamojskie Studia iMateriay, Seria: Pedagogika, No. 1/2011.
K. Mah, The Internet will continue to revolutionize international competitive intelligence process
in Blenkhorn D.L., Fleisher C.S. (eds.) Competitive Intelligence and Global Business (Westport 2005, CT: Preager),
pp. 120-126.
D. Makowski, Pracownicy intelektualni. Profesjonalizacja wiedzy in D. Jemielniak, A.K. Komiski eds.
Zarzdzanie wiedz, Wydanie II (Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer Polska Sp. zo.o., 2012), p. 403.
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us emphasize though that traditional interpersonal communication is still the most effec-
tive way of sharing knowledge. Despite organizational and technological advancement,
oral tradition isstill as important as in Homer times, for example. Some organizations
intentionally base their management strategies on personalization92 not on codification93
and rightly so! In spite of the fact that they can build document files, implement proce-
dures of knowledge codification and use modern technologies, they still appreciate the
importance of direct contacts among organization members94. For let us remember that
besides new phenomena and our fascination with high technologies, there appears in-
variably human factor, which concerns not only individuals but whole societies as well95.
In this context, the author, an incurable traditionalist, while managing ICT companies
(wonders never cease!) has always promoted traditional tools. An excellent example
is atraditional diary compared to electronic gadgets. Young people have usually belie-
ved in effectiveness of electronic diaries and innovations almost unquestioningly. Un-
fortunately, it happened quite often that they lost some data and important information
and overlooked or passed over important dates. It is neither easy nor possible to take the
minutes of business negotiations, note down own conclusions, suggestions or innovati-
ve ideas using amobile or tablet. Is not that exactly what managers do on daily basis?!
It is obviously avery banal example, but it confirms the argument that simple forms are
most effective. We do not know how long it will take us to defy these new solutions
probably until technology equips us with simple, convenient and effective solutions. Let
us add here that if we analyze this topic further, we will see that omitting atraditional
factor in managing processes and concentrating only on new technologies may bring
even certain threats! Too exaggerated belief in usefulness ofcomputer systems in kno-
wledge management constitutes an element ofanotherproblem: coming down initiati-
ves in this area to recording possessed knowledge and placing it in organization files96.
One certainly cannot question the usefulness of new solutions which new tech-
nologies give us in abundance. For instance Document Management System DMS,
which was designed to facilitate gathering, managing and disclosing documents in
electronic or paper version. It is asystem which represents awhole group of systems
which basic role is to assure as far as possible convenient access to information recorded
in documents. These documents are both files compiled with the use of text editors and
Personalization strategy concentrated on communication and cooperation with experts, stimulates
transferring hidden knowledge.
Codification strategy consists in recording knowledge in documents, creating organization knowledge
database and using computer systems to manage such files.
D. Latusek-Jurczak, op. cit., p. 197.
D. Jegorow, Przedsibiorczo akademicka rzeczywisty wymiar, a potrzeby gospodarki opartej na
wiedzy in B. Kocik, M. Sawiska eds. Przedsibiorczo akademicka (Lublin: Gaudium, 2010), p. 36.
K. Klincewicz, Wyzwania zarzdzania wiedz in D. Jemielniak, A.K. Komiski eds. Zarzdzanie wiedz,
Wydanie II (Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer Polska Sp. zo.o., 2012), p. 448.
Mirosaw K. Szpakowski

images of scanned documents and spreadsheet files ormultimedia presentations. Thus

the importance of document management systems within acompany knowledge ma-
nagement system is difficult to be overestimated97. Yet, it does not change the fact that
contemporary organization needs several able people, working in harmony as ateam
who cooperate mainly in order to exchange information and take decisions, striving
to help one another in achieving results which belong to the scope of duties of each team
member98. Ateam is abasic structure in which trust is centred99. The definition shows
that ateam is asmall number of people who mutually complement their qualifications
(professional, decision-making and interpersonal skills) involved in accomplishing com-
mon aims and tasks. Teams are characterized by common attitude towards their tasks, i.e.
common understanding of both effects and ways to achieve them. Each team member
feels responsible towards the others100. Certainly, each team must have aleader who
heads an organizational unit or aworkgroup, at least periodically. When we analyse ma-
nagers statements, we notice how often they complain about the lack of good and re-
sponsible leadership inside an organization. Leaders are responsible for knowledge ma-
nagement within teams and organizations on each level. Let us remember though that
knowledge development and continuous learning are not only tasks to be accomplished
at the top of organizational hierarchy. It is the aim of each member who works at the or-
ganization executive level (but not only ofcourse). Modern organizations which actively
manage knowledge tend to redefine the traditional understanding of amangers role.
D. Lasutek-Jurczak reminds us that mangers no longer only plan, organize, motivate and
control others. For she claims that an organization geared towards knowledge cannot
be after all an organization of subordinates and superiors but partners. Learning process
does not know hierarchy or business dependence after all101. The authors professional
experience to date entirely confirms this argument. One can also believe that we touch
upon much deeper message, which should be related to general theory of knowledge
management in modern organizations that function on global market in conditions
ofgreat competition.
At least two basic and essential conclusions for knowledge management can
bedrawn up from the above deliberation. Firstly, we should care about leadership po-
tential in our organization systematically, so that our leaders become better and better.
Secondly, knowledge management should be anormal part of each managers everyday
A. Rydz, Systemy informatyczne wspomagajce zarzdzanie wiedz in D. Jemielniak, A.K. Komiski eds.
Zarzdzanie wiedz, Wydanie II (Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer Polska Sp. zo.o., 2012), p. 312.
S.P. Robbins, Zachowania worganizacji, Wyd. II zmienione (Warszawa: PWE, 2004), p. 197.
A.K. Komiski, Zarzdzanie wwarunkach niepewnoci (Warszawa: WN PWN, 2004), p. 147.
A.K. Komiski, Zarzdzanie midzynarodowe (Warszawa: PWE, 1999), p. 199.
D. Latusek-Jurczak, Zadania liderw stymulowaniu kreatywnoci iwzarzdzaniu wiedz in D. Jemiel
niak, A.K. Komiski ed. Zarzdzanie wiedz, Wydanie II (Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer Polska Sp. zo.o., 2012),
p. 370.
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work102. Is it astandard recognized by modern organizations? Not yet, probably. Should

it be? Yes, definitely! For aperson who manages others should not only possess qualities
of aleader but also be an expert in agiven field. An expert is aperson who can formu-
late sensible questions addressedattrustworthy and impersonal knowledge collected
by science andunderstand the most intimate thoughts and yearnings of an individual
atthesame time103. How can one exercise any responsible function in any organization
without putting into practice this obvious and basic rule as far as management theory
is concerned? Organization management is neither an obligation nor aprivilege after all.
It is aconsequence of hard [often many years] work, education, acquiring knowledge,
experience and social position. It is even some degree of mastery in this specific field,
where organization management fits in perfectly. Executives are ordinary people after
all and people with high level ofpersonal mastery are able to achieve aims important
to them consequently. In fact they treat their lives like artists treat their works of art.
They are driven by inner need to learn all their lives104 and to preserve good manners
and organizational culture. Certainly, there are rare exceptions from this rule, just like in
any other field. Nevertheless, management model cannot exclude such an important
element as organization management. For instance, DeLong and Fahey present seve-
ral ways in which organizational culture influences knowledge management in an or-
ganization. They claim, among other things, that culture is the source of assumptions
related to usefulness of agiven type of knowledge in this subject andthat it is culture
which forms relations between individual knowledge andorganizational one. They also
state that organizational culture gives context tosocial interactions and shapes proces-
ses of creating and adapting new knowledge in an organization105. What has been said
exhausts the subject but may be not. Letus add however that it would be difficult to find
amanager or management specialist nowadays who would not consider knowledge an
essential organizational store or would not appreciate the importance of knowledge
management106 irrespective of organizational culture. Certainly the author of this com-
pilation also belongs to abovementioned group being amanager and businessman
born inZamojszczyzna [the Zamo Region].
It is worth emphasizing that according to management theoreticians it is afact
that acquired knowledge may be an obstacle to effective actions. Dorothy Leonard-

Ibid., p. 363.
Z. Bauman, Wieloznaczno nowoczesna, nowoczesno wieloznaczna (Warszawa: WN PWN, 1995), p. 218.
P.M. Senge, Pita dyscyplina. Teoria i praktyka organizacji uczcych si (Krakw: Wyd. IV, Oficyna
Ekonomiczna, 2003), p. 23.
See: A. Marek, Kultura wiedzy jako czynnik wspomagajcy rozwj zawodowy urzdnikw wstarostwach
powiatowych in M. Pawlak ed. Nowe tendencje wzarzdzaniu, Tom II (Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL, 2011),
p. 241.
K. Klincewicz, op. cit., p. 446.
Mirosaw K. Szpakowski

Barton (1992) used aterm core rigidities to describe opposites of key competences.

Some companies are so much attached to traditional activity areas that they cannot ad-
apt themselves to market demands and then using knowledge stores has the opposite
effect from what was intended. For knowledge may be an obvious source of strength
of individual members of an organization, yet it may also become the cause of internal
games easily108 which obviously have negative influence on abusiness entity. Let us re-
member that even working in askilful team, individualism leads to organization loss be-
cause ateam is something which allows individuals to act more completely and obtain
more for others and especially foroneself109. That is why it is so important to manage
knowledge competently for the sake of organization efficient functioning and even use
psychological skills, from time to time, which team and organization leaders possess.
As research quoted by Michael D. Mumford (200) shows, leaders on each organization
level have great power of influencing creativity of their subordinates. Through their be-
haviour and practices they can determine, to a great extent, who will work creatively
andinwhat type of work the contribution of creative thought will be the greatest. Mum-
ford also claims that innovation and creativity among subordinates increases insuperiors
their readiness to help subordinates, to create the sense of self-worth inteam members
and stimulate subordinates high self-esteem. Thus as we notice, creative leaders differ
from other specialists mostly in their ability to perceive current problems and new chal-
lenges more broadly. They can also perceive problems in an interdisciplinary way and are
able to synthesize experience and knowledge from different fields of study110. In authors
opinion these are the qualities that characterize areal leader and manager of amodern
Thus, let us admit that in modern organizations the image of aleader as agreat,
charismatic commander causing fear and demanding unconditional obedience in his
subordinates or charges has been going out of date111. Today creativity and innovation are
most desired qualities being the most difficult ones to be developed at the same time112.
That is why it is not easy to find employees who possess so many desirable qualities
or who are able to form teams, manage them and also collect andmanage organization
knowledge and to be readily available on the labour market at the same time.

D. Leonard-Barton, Core Capabilities and Core Rigidities: A Paradox In Managing New Product
Development, Strategic Management Journal, No 13 (1992).
A.K. Komiski, A. Zawilak, Pewno igra, (Warszawa: PWE, 1979).
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A.K. Komiski, (2004), op. cit.
D. Latusek-Jurczak, op. cit., p. 377.
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Let us notice that knowledge management really means [in a way] returning
topractices that humankind has known since time immemorial. These are abilities that
often even small children have and which are later simply suppressed bysocialization
processes. It is all about common-sense methods which require systematic and laborious
work. It is all about adialogue, cooperation, education, reflexion and aiming at individu-
al and group mastery. These are processes reaching the roots of human actions and in-
teractions113. People who possess this incredible quality which is competent knowledge
management constitute social elite in aclass of its own and represent something more
than only the ability to use computer management system.
For as Ikujiro Nonaka emphasizes, knowledge management is closely connected
with values, experience, human activity and organizational context. It becomes adyna-
mic process of collecting and creating knowledge whereas typical IT initiatives are li-
mited to statistical information management exclusively114. Theoreticians inknowledge
management sometimes even fight with abelief that knowledge management systems
are systems of managerial information115. Definitely, wecannot interpret such acom-
plex problem so simply.
So, what should be included in conclusion of the above deliberation? It seems
that the best solution would be quoting Martin Grossman, who emphasizes that []
in rising wave of activity and interest in knowledge management it is easy to overlo-
ok the fact that it is still a developing and forming field which lacks solid theoretical
foundations. It will take much work and research in shaping and formalizing thestruc-
ture, taxonomy and procedures essential for practitioners of knowledge management
[..]116 Wiesaw Grudzewski, whose convictions perfectly fit the context of the above de-
liberation, presents a very firm stand which highlights the importance of knowledge.
He claims that current shift from backward to advanced society means transformation
of industrial society into society which bases its main activity on processing information
which serves knowledge creation117.
Let the above statement convey the message and stand that the author of this
publication presents.
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Will the above work contribute [even alittle] to arousing interest in such exciting
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Stanisaw lusarczyk, Radosaw lusarczyk

Prof. PhD Stanisaw lusarczyk

University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow,

Radosaw lusarczyk
PhD student at Cracow University of Economics, Poland

Marketing management as abase of creating companys

effective competitive advantage in the market


The main idea of the present reflections indicates tha mainly information,
knowledge and creativity decide about the companys effective competitive advantage.
Thedecisive factor in aiming at asuccess are people with their own knowledge, entre-
preneurship and willingness for searching of new creative solutions.
In the article we indicate that creating of the market culture, inter organizational andthe
one regarding the contacts with actual and potential entourage, isachallenge for the
recent firms.

1. Notion and meaning of market culture creation in the firm

In recent turbulent business surroundings employees of every firm have tobeca-

pable of foreseeing their future resources as far as the efficient dominance isconcerned.
Regarding the firms management it means going back to the client and obeying the
market culture of the firm. All the employees should understand the meaning of value
for the client and how to realise that value. The firm should, though, possess the effec-
tive system of aspirations and expectations and the level of clients satisfaction. The firm
should also spread results of this research to their employees so that they are aware of
missions that are being realised.
Only the entire use of existing resources and the firms capability, according tocli-
ents preferences, would ensure its effective competitive dominance. This dominance
can be seen as an ability to establish prices at alower level - that iscost dominance- or in
ensuring better quality of products - quality dominance.
The first and the second type of dominance could be realised by the firm if it
disposes of:
material resources, personnel and finances,

Marketing management as abase of creating companys effective competitive advantage in the market

skills in gathering and transforming of information, organization andcoordination of

material and decisional processes, starting and keeping good relations with partners
of anexchange sphere, creation of work andmanagement culture, risk tendency,
innovation, capability to adjust tochanges etc.

This dominance could be used by the firm (in away of lower level of costs and prices or
higher level of quality of products) when it obtains purchasers acceptation.

The information dominance of the firm is, though, necessary to gain and keep theeffective
competitiveness dominance, which ensures creation of the proper market potential. It
can be created on the basis of two appearances:
gathering information by the firm on purchasers and competitors,
creating and spreading information to purchasers.
The firm that has obtained an information dominance can more effectively, than
its competitors, discuss the cost and quality dominance with purchasers preferences
and change its potential form into an effective one. It can also exist as an autonomic kind
of dominance. Its meaning growths when:
the firm does not have the quality and price dominance,
purchasers preferences had not been determined,
purchasers preferences had been determined but they cannot be a subject
Acting in conditions of high competition forces the firm to use, widely under-
stood, market orientation as a condition of gaining the long-lasting market success.
Onlymarket orientated firms are capable to continuously improve the marketing man-
agement, which effect is better and better adjustment of the offer to clients expecta-
tions and their satisfaction improvement.
For gaining entirely competition dominance and for enlarging its dimensions,
awide market orientation of afirm is, then, necessary (all employees not only market-
ing services). It creates new possibilities of marketing management of the firm through
stronger consideration of the relation between client and firms interest, which isabasic
guarantee of gaining success by the firm. New marketing power - understood in that
way- is awarranty of better and better adjustment of the offer toclients expectations
and improvement of their satisfaction level1. Clientssatisfaction is the best indicator of
future firms profits. High sale level which is ashort-lasting aim of the market manage-
ment and first step to success - is not now enough. Along-lasting success and ahigh
profitability of afirm depend onclients level ofsatisfaction.
Because of that, the recent role of marketing depends in high degree on coop-
K. Mazurek-Lopaciska, Orientacja na klienta wprzedsibiorstwie, (Warszawa: PWE, 2002), pp. 30-31.
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eration of all function cells of the firm, which, following the marketing, should take on
market orientation in fulfilling their tasks2. In new competition surroundings market-
ing is too important to act only inside the marketing department. Only the cooperation
ofmarketing services with technical, production and research development (R&D) ser-
vices is aguarantee of success.
The firm should determine its competition dominance in addition to different
activities - basic ones) organization infrastructure, human resources management, tech-
nology development, purchase and investment) and additional ones (enter logistics,
production, exit logistics, marketing, services) - that create values. Each of these activi-
ties (not only marketing ones) that create values could be an asset in building ofarela-
tive cost dominance of the firm and create base of adistinguish strategy. Ifthe firm is
not market oriented, it is extremely difficult to force cells not participating in marketing
activity to deal with searching for competition dominance.
Growing number of research regarding the relation between market orientation
andbusiness profitability, confirm that that is the proper way of the firms management
improvement. Precursors of this research, for example: Narver and Slater, remark that
market orientation could not be limited only to clients orientation. Competitor orienta-
tion and intra -functional coordination is also of great importance3.
J. Lambin makes the definition of market orientation wider, displaying it as
a business philosophy, including all market participants and on all levels inside the
organization. According to J. Lambin, market orientation regards five elements: last
purchasers, distribution purchasers, competitors, the climate in the firm and coordina-
tion ofallfirms cells4.
Purchasers orientation should be seen in all steps of formulation and implemen-
tation of marketing strategy, starting from market segments segregation, through prod-
uct planning, price establishment, distributions organization, to creating theadvertise-
ment and other instruments of communication with clients.
According to Mr Adrian Payne, professor at the Cranfield School of Management,
building of firms relations with clients has to be based on the transformation ofsimple
purchasers into firms spokesmen. They help the firm not only bypurchasing goods but
also though creating opinions on the firm and its products. Itis, though, important for
all the firms employees to accept the idea in which themain role in marketing manage-
ment has aclient. The firm is acting more effectively when the level of clients satisfaction

F. E. Webster Jr., A. J. Malter, S. Ganesan, The Decline and Dispersion of Marketing Competence, MITSloan
Management Review 2005, No. 4.
The bibliography regarding this subject is shown by Jean-Jacques Lambin, look also. J.J. Lambin, The Mis
understanding about Marketing, The CEMS Business Review 1996, nb.1
J. J. Lambin, Strategiczne zarzdzanie marketingowe, (Warszawa: PWN, 2001), p. 87, also W. Baszczyk,
Metody organizacji izarzdzania. Ksztatowanie relacji organizacyjnych, (Warszawa: PWN, 2005), p. 42.
Marketing management as abase of creating companys effective competitive advantage in the market

is being checked regularly. Thepurchaser orientation means that they should be treated
as clients, not only aspartners. Itisalso necessary to know assets and disadvantages of
competitors, which would enable anticipating of theirs strategies and quick reaction for
theirs activities, as well asmonitoring the whole surrounding as far as chances and risks
are concerned.
The important factor of the market orientation is the inter - functional coordina-
tion. The efficacy of spreading of information on the market inside the firm, joining all
cells to formulate strategies and using of perspective evaluations and skills necessary
toestimate problems of the client - depends just on it5.
Spreading around of market information would lead to preparation of decisions
intheinter - functional procedure. Business teams should be the antidote for barriers in
keeping regular contacts with clients made by function structures. According toMcKin-
sey, it is the organization model in which the main role have integrators andspecialists
focused on specific business.
Integrators activities should be placed along the whole chain of firms values
in addition to the specific market segment. These activities should be responsible for
formulating and realization of marketing strategy. Technical and specific skills, needed
for the proper realization of strategy taken in different branches, should belimited to
specialists. All employees should though transform the basic responsibility coming from
own charges into activities in relation market/client.
The number of opinions given by practicians and the theoreticians of manage-
ment, remarking the leader role of market potential understood in immaterial categories
inthe creation of the firm, is still growing. The potential includes the following elements:
the intellectual and the marketing potential of the management crew, innovation and
risk tendency, firm and trade mark effigy etc. That potential isnoteasy to copy by the
competition and it also indicates the surviving tendency. The overpoise of the potential
is total and stable and that is why it could betheimpellent giving the firm more market
chances, in the comparison with other possible stores and aims.
The main deficiencies of the traditional management are cased by the limiting
ofthemarket culture to the activity of the market section of the firm. This could lead,
anditoften leads, to the lack of understanding of the conception of market manage-
ment organization of the particular function cells. We also must not tolerate the situation
in which the majority of the personnel do not know how to traverse thenormal respon-
sibility coming off ones duties into the activities inthemarket/clients structure.
The growing number of research regarding the relation of the market orienta-
tion andbusiness profitability confirm that this is the right way to improve the firm man-

Ph. Kotler, Marketing: Analiza, planowanie, wdraanie, kontrola, Gebethner iS-ka, Warszawa 1994, p. 161,
also: J. Kisielnicki, Informatyczna infrastruktura zarzdzania, (Warszawa: PWN, 1993), pp. 206-207.
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Complete market orientation of acompany demands efficient system of market-
ing communication. The task of marketing communication is to establish and maintain
partner relations with various markets participants. Communication should result from
the companys marketing strategy and should be subordinated to it. Communication
also has to reflect companys style and culture through transferring characteristics and
values which were accepted as aspecific for agiven company.
In times of the conscious creation of positive relations with the surroundings,
marketing communication steps over the use of typical instruments of communica-
tion. What is more, the price of aproduct or services, employees behaviour, companys
furnishings and location, a companys stationary and logo, organizational culture and
atmosphere in acompany all of these communicate something in the surroundings.
Every single contact with acompany or brand makes an impression which may intensify
or reduce perception of its image by each group ofpublicity. The whole marketing-mix
has to be integrated to ensure coherent communication transfer and strategic position-
ing of acompany oritsproducts/services in the market.
Marketing idea is the one which rarely has been entirely gained, however, it should
control all firms departments. We should always aim the best realization ofthisbusiness
idea, through creating of market culture in the firm.
Marketing cannot to limited to the range of aggressive sale instruments focused
onthe growth of short-lasting profitability of the firm. It has to comply with instruments
of market analysis such as: sale foresees, stimulating models and market research based
on more scientific approach to needs and demands examination.
The advantage of recent marketing should be aproper balance between itsoper-
ational and strategic dimension, which is only possible if the firm takes onentire and wide
market orientation. That approach is the best way in covering purchasers needs, building
an advantageous firms image and gaining asignificant competitive dominance.
Tasks that have to be covered by the recent firms marketing:
finding clients values which are connected to the firms activity,
having understood arelative importance of these values for every clients segment
and decision if supplying them would make the profit grow,
spreading and supplying proper values to every clients segment in the way inwhich
the client would like to obtain them.
To sum up, marketing management should lead the firm to market chances,
complying with its resources and know-how, as well as representing specific potential
in the matter of profitability and growth. It is the best way in covering purchasers needs,
building an advantageous firms image and gaining asignificant competitive dominance.

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It perfectly fulfils its role because it integrates all fields ofirms activity and coordinates all
other functions. Apart of that, the organization structure ofmarketing cells is not impor-
tant; however it is of great importance that the entire firms activities have amarketing
spirit, because its aim (and the aim ofallundertakings) is to reach the purchaser and
staying with him in tight contact, focusing also on its quality6.

2. The meaning of market character of decisions taken

by the management team

The management team decides on strategies that are taken on. Orientation
taken, social and personal values, skills and a qualification profile have an influence
onthemanaging style and the choice of amarketing strategy.
The management team is responsible for the coordination of resources so that
these resources could help in realization of goals and building the market dominance
inthebest possible way. These effects are not only the sum of individual abilities ofpar-
ticular managers; they are the result of ateam work. Taking on the market character of
decisions is valuable, because every decision has an influence onthemarket. Informa-
tion taken from systematically conducted marketing researches provide basic premises
to decision processes.
A growth of the role of marketing function cannot be limited to the creation
ofseparate section or marketing department in acompany. It has nothing to do with
the formal character of acompanys organizational structure. It is essential when acom-
panys director makes marketing decisions, that is, he or she decides about the increase
of agiven products production only if there is acertainty that this product isdesirable or
its demand can be stimulated by aproper marketing strategy.
The management team should fulfil the specific conditions, as far as their profile
orientation: firm, surroundings;
social values: professionalism and optimality
personal values: economic prizes, self-realization, flexibility, independency;
skills: continuous learning, politic and charismatic leadership, firms mission defining,
providing (analytic) solutions to new problems, entrepreneurship;
qualification profile: specialist, professional;
world understanding: global surroundings, open system.
Marketing management demands mainly:
decision making or defining potential customers and types of needs which should

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be satisfied,
detailed recognition of preferences, desires and possibilities of purchasers andthe
previous level of their satisfaction taking into account competitors acting,
planning of aproper marketing strategy and its accomplishment.
On the one hand, marketing management is an integral part of a companys
management, on the other hand, it is a method which allows to intensify motivation
ofall managers. It makes them aware of their participation in companys management
and creation of companys achievements.
In marketing management it is important to establish abusiness vision. The essence of
avision is:
pointing at directions without knowing their limits,
what it creates, but it does not end it,
asking questions without giving acomplete answer.
Companys management should be avisions bearer and its sender, who points
atnew values in its functioning. Companys vision is aspecific instrument ofmarketing
management. It is aconcrete vision of the future. It is close enough tosee possibilities
of its realization and remote enough to raise enthusiasm for therealization of the new,
future reality. Thus, avision is akind of result of three components: openness, sponta-
neity and sense of reality. Openness is directed onthe outside, whereas spontaneity is
directed on the inside. Avision may becreated by basing on arealistic synthesis of open-
ness and spontaneity.
Avision should be created by ateam of companys management, representatives
ofeach organizational unit, suppliers and cooperators, and representatives ofthelocal
community. All of them should be properly selected, creative, innovative, andwilling to
participate in akind of intellectual adventure of great practical importance.
Aproper companys vision ensures security, makes it easier to form a suitable
organizational culture, strengthens mutual trust, directs activities at defined purposes
and facilitates companys functioning. Aperson who has avision may be mistaken, but
he/she always corrects acourse, since he/she knows its right direction.
Marketing management system has several advantages. Among them there are:
1. Each manager and teams concentration on really important issues which
inasignificant way influence profits. It helps to avoid scattering of activities which
have a minimal impact on companys general results and its development, even
ifthey are used in aperfect way.
2. Managers better understanding of their superiors expectations.
3. Noticing unsolved problems which prevent from achieving higher effectiveness and
creation of improvement plans which aim at solving these problems.
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The warranty for good management and controlling of the most important firms
processes by the general director is his/her knowledge and being aware of:
Are the aims taken based on strong grounds and create premises to obtain them
under the planned marketing strategy?
Do the particular organization departments and their managers know what todo to
obtain the strategy taken on?
Dont the managers allow for the situation in which valuable means are being used
for the activities with little chances for obtaining high or even average effects?
Is the team management strongly motivated to work and are they personally involved
in aiming goals? Have they gained necessary knowledge and skills?
What firms changes will the future bring? What will be the firm profitability
sources, taking into consideration exterior chances and risks, as well asassets and
disadvantages of the firm?
Identification of these problems not only by the general director but also by the
wide managing team and - up to the point- by all employees, enables the market culture
development and the proper use of market potential.
Collecting and passing on the basic information by the managing team (on the
firm and the surrounding in which the firm acts) is abase for creating marketing strategy.
Creating desirable strategy is not possible if the way of thinking of all members ofman-
aging team is not based on the same set of facts. The leading role of general director is
of great importance during analysing of collected information. He/she has to build the
climate of wide sincerity and self-criticism.
Building the atmosphere of cooperation and common aiming the success
andextending the marketing approach to relations among management andpersonnel
are very important elements of firms market potential. Employees are subjects in
building and stabilization of competitive dominance. Their care regarding provision of
high and special quality of products and good relations with clients isthebest displayer
of expected outside view of the firm. Firms which understand that relation focus on
building proper professional behaviour of their employees. Clients dislike artificial way
of communication, they wish to be treated seriously.
Quality-satisfaction-loyalty: these are the attributes of marketing management.
When employees are satisfied, they tend to fulfil aims of the firm in much higher degree,
they also realise aclient orientation. The firm, employees and clients create asystem in
which there is adynamic relation between particular elements.
In this situation there is achance to obtain greater profits thanks to acceptance
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firms behaviour. Situations - in which there is the strongest impact/over- investiture only
to some parts of activity only because of high profits and opposite: less-investiture when
the profits are small - should be strongly criticized. In managing ofthis effect, ahuge
role has aproperly planned system of instrumental strategies, existing in whole prob-
lematics of the firm. Marketing instrumental strategies have acalming impact to the so
called emergency action programs. These strategies allow finding parts that could be
improved; they also create proper actions aiming toobtain expected results.
The firm which has not planned the proper marketing strategy is at astate ofpo-
tential risk. The perfect situation could have been when there was possible topredict
precisely all changes and their proper planning that aims finding an optimal marketing
strategy. Although, that is not always possible, so there is anecessity offlexible adjusting
of firms strategy to actual market situation. Some of the firms resign from it and react
to pressures of the surrounding only when these pressures cause problems. These firms
treat the changes of the surrounding as acontinuous danger. Other firms try to predict
changes in the surrounding through proper research and analysis of for example new
technology development. They are aware of the fact that long-lasting marketing plan-
ning cannot exist without determining the borders ofavailable knowledge and areas of
uncertainty. The risk of being surprised isthenlower and, marketing strategy which is
more flexible and quicker reacting forchanges allows avoiding difficulties and ensures
the proper use of new possibilities.

3. Markets immaterial assets and their significance

in formulating marketing strategy

Obtaining by the firm along-lasting and stable success requires building of non-
material market assets. Good leadership in business depends on marketing activity, which
leads to competition dominance of the firm in its sector. The market potential ofthe firm
as aresult of its specific market activity is determined by four general questions: its no-
tion, its measurement, displaying lacks of potential in specific sectors and development
of remarking potential profile. The competition dominance intheframe of firms market
potential is afundament of its general dominance. Theelements of firms market poten-
tial such as client orientation, human resources, corporation culture or trademark are im-
portant factors ensuring the success7. Awareness of the meaning of these non-material
assets, not in the categories oftechnically defined criteria but mainly in the categories of
the influence to the firms success create the term of market-based capabilities.
Some of the firms posses the technically proper potential but it is not effective
when it goes to winning at the market. These firms could, for example, have afirms mis-
K. Albrecht, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Success, (New York: Pfeiffer, 2005), p. 37.
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sion which looks as had been properly written, remarking, possessing allnecessary ingre-
dients. In spite of this, the declaration causes rather confusion and cynic reactions, which
leads to lower effectiveness. Firms could have sophisticated systems based on brand new
technologies, with above mentioned characteristics, acting in the real time, but they are
not useful when the first line employees consider these methods as an obstacle rather
than amean to gain competition dominance. On the second hand, there are some firms,
with great competition efficiency obtained with relatively low capital expenditures.
The market potential does not necessarily depend on the firms dimensions.
Sometimes it is just opposite; large firms with insufficient marketing activity begin tobe
ponderous, ineffective and inefficient in the market.
Possibilities of improvement of market assets are in most cases enormous. To
find these possibilities we should only answer to some basic questions, which are notan-
swered during traditional process of business carrying: Up to what point thepotential,
that my firm has got, is useful in the general sense and in relation to my competitors?
What progress has been made during last five years? What is the recent trend? What
steps am Igoing to undertake? Sometimes, making use ofthe possibilities in question
brings the necessity of further investment but in other cases it goes rather to the relation:
less do - more focus on what you do. Thedirector or amanager cannot avoid respon-
sibility for competition efficacy ofafirm. This responsibility is aroot of leadership8. The
significant indicator ofafirms weakness is its incapability to identify and determine of
non-material assets.
First attempts of market potential determination were taken in research in years
1998-2002 in the frames of so called.Rapport on the Competitive Fitness of Global Firms.
The rapport regarded 8 sectors gathering over 300 of he biggest European and North -
American firms. Formulated indicators (benchmark) of an organization potential gave
managers basis for comparing their results to the results ofcompetitors9.
Methods of market potential defining will be continuously improved and adjust-
ed as well as to the firms dimensions as to the branch specifics. The fact of undertaking
trials of identification and defining of market potential should be evaluated positively.
We should remember that the competition dominance taken in the categories ofmarket
potential is afundament for that dominance. Products and technologies could be seen
easily and precisely determined, so they could be copied by others who are ready to in-
vest. The potential is often non-material, composed from other elements - innovations,
human resources, corporation culture. The potential tends to resist and ensures firms
competition dominance in different markets, not only inthe specific area or segment.
The dominance based on the potential is entire andstable and that is why it could be the
Ibid., p. 48.
K. Albrecht, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Success, (New York: Pfeiffer, 2005), p. 57.
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impellent creating short and long-lasting values.

Differences in business practices and potentials of different firms of the same
sector will be repeatedly larger and we will be dealing as well as with firms which signifi-
cantly develop as with ones lagging behind innovations and other key potential ingredi-
ents. The last ones are not aware of the decrease of their competitiveness because they
do not analyze their market potential. These firms would realize the regress only when
there is adecrease of efficiency; but then it is more difficult tocope with the problem.
Does it mean that all efficacy firms should be equally strong in all elements build-
ing the firms potential? Surely it does not. The research shows that the strongest firms
have personality, distinguishing profile of competition efficacy.
There are firms which are over the average in addition to most of the elements of
the potential. These firms have an untypical profile, which shows their unique personal-
ity, which is the result of agreat creativity. This effect could be aresult of work ofgen-
erations as well as just a recent transformation and activities. However, these profiles
of competitions efficacy does not appear in the way of traditional business making.
Investment in -what was called by Jack Welch asoft values- requires astrong leader-
ship10. Apart from the strategy, the key task for leaders is aselection of priorities which
aim developing of firms potential.
The focusing on short-lasting effects or on narrow strategy leads some firms
to decrease of their market assets. The challenge for a great leadership is work on all
three levels: results, strategies and amarket potential. The last one is the most important
as far as astable, long-lasting success is concerned. Unfortunately, amarket potential is
the most difficult to understand and the easiest to neglect. Theeffective management
of non-material assets requires the identification andmeasurement of market potential
and investment in developing of better, distinguishing firms potential profile.
Looking for success-making factors, the best is to recognize the great importance
ofsuch non-material assets as: human resources, client orientation, corporation culture
or trade mark. It means that the success should not be defined only intechnical criteria
but first of all in categories of market potential. Competiting firms often have the same
suppliers, similar structures, gain information from the same consultants etc. They have
in most cases the same information. However some ofthe firms build completely differ-
ent strategies which are the effect of adifferent intellectual process. Thus, the process
of transformation of information which reaches them would determine their business
behavior11. The rules of agame taken by firms are the result of aspecific transformation
of primary information, andthestrategy prepared has to keep them beside the firm.
The real value and its derivative, competition dominance, will be won by the firm which
Jack Welch Director of General Electric in years: 1981-2001.

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entirely capitalize and invests in its personnel talents. The highest level ofmanagement
establishes general strategic priorities and directions, aswellasclearly determined val-
ues and culture guidelines. All employees should be involved in these parameters, strate-
gies and responsibility.
According to the model of five Porters forces, the firm rivals not only with other
firms, which are, or want to grow in the market, but also with customers and suppliers.
Therefore the customers are seen not only as atarget of marketing actions andanobject
of rivalry among the firms in the market, but also as aforce that tries tonegotiate most
beneficial conditions of purchase. Formulating the marketing strategy of the firm is to
determine what the firm is supposed to accomplish in future and by what actions. In
such acontext, we can say that the strategy shapes thefuture.
Under circumstances of very intensive competition in the market and similar
methods of production, proper marketing strategy becomes one of the most important
factors of success. The strategy determines a process of making prognostic decision,
shown as plans and schedules, which, in practice, are transferred to long-term anden-
terprise with operating and tactical character.
In Poland, strategic thinking is equally essential as effective management.
Oneshould agree with statement, that the strategy influences effectiveness i.e. achiev-
ing desired strategic goals; on the other hand the management manipulates efficiency
i.e. achieving goals with lowest cost.
No wonder that the firm is interested in doing things with decent quality,
whichareneeded, and not doing brilliant undesirable things. Thus without good strat-
egy and its proper implementation, there is no place for success.
Formulation the strategy that is synthesis of observations and thoughts,
products, services, and activities, takes places on every level of the firm and
continuous process. The strategy should contain elements of self-teach-
ing and response to new signals from the market since it is formulated in
very dynamic environment and by people possessing special predisposition.
Factors such as imagination, access to so-called soft data, and skill of synthesis
are crucial. Climate of the firm are very helpful as well. Opportunity of open discussion,
lack of formalization, encouraging innovative thinking by management are other desir-
able elements during the process of creating the strategy.
Why so few firms pay attention to correct formulating its own strategy? The rea-
son isastrong pressure put on making up delays in operating effectiveness. Many firms
concentrate on effectiveness of management, productiveness and efficiency, and ne-
glect strategic thinking.
The main barriers of implementing strategic thinking are:
thinking in functional categories,
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thinking in categories of everyday crisis,

fatalistic thinking,
Building the marketing strategy refers to, first of all, how to differ from thecom-
petition. However not every differentiation leads to success. Moreover thepurpose of
the strategy is not only to differ from the competition in order to gain advantage over
this competition, its to maintain this advantage as well.
Formulating the strategy leads to following questions:
Which products should we offer?
Which products should we give up?
Whom should we offer our products or services to?
Which markets should we concentrate our activity in?
Which geographical regions should we offer our products and services in?
Should our strategy be global, national, or regional?
What kind of skills should we posses to employ our strategy?
How can we obtain such skills?
Answer to the above questions determine nature of the firm and arrange chang-
es inthe area of organization and methods of conduction business. Its apparent that the
formulating the strategy incorporates elements of art that is creative thinking, as well
as science, that is formal approach, which utilizes cohesion and logic. Therefore itisnot
easy task and requires complex approach to comprehend all factors having aneffect on
success. Both external factors and self-analysis are equally important. Additional difficul-
ty is growing speed of changes on both Polish and global markets. Taking into account
these circumstances, traditional model of building the strategy fails. So all models, which
incorporate several phases during the formulating thestrategy have to be rejected; es-
pecially six-phase model (WSM) proposed byT.Bialas and M. Czapiewski and four-phase
model MOST (mission, objectives, strategy, tactics).
A common characteristic of the traditional models is their linear character. Of
course, we can use some of the traditional models in the formulating of the marketing
strategy, on the condition that we will discard their linear character in favor ofinteractive
process, in which final version of each element is developed at the end of the process
along witch the other elements. Forgetting that fact often leads toparalysis in the firm.
Frequently, in practice, higher management formulates goals and then puts lower man-
agement in charge of developing and realization appropriate strategy according to the
formulated goals. The set of directives passed form the top of management pyramid is
often seen by lower levels as inadequate to reality. This, in turn, bears cynicism and fail-
ure of the whole process.

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The tactics and the strategy have the same problem that is the order during
theprocess of their formulating. Lets say, the base strategy of the firm is speeding up
the process of introducing new products to the market. The problem is, in order tospeed
up such process, we need, first , to develop appropriate tactics: whether they are sup-
posed to improve the work of research and development department, or task teams,
or purchase of new computer infrastructure, etc. Which of the above will be effective?
Maybe none?
Implemented strategy can be successful, only if uses real and effective tactics.
Development of the strategy shouldnt be limited to the SWOT analysis as well;
itsnot enough. We can make agreat use of it when we fully take into account power
ofsynergy of internal and external factors influencing the economic growth ofthefirm,
when we draw correct strategic goals, and when we precise mission ofthe firm and its
position in the market.
To avoid mistakes of unilateral interpretation of relationships between groups
offactors established in aSWOT analysis, it is recommended to make synergys estab-
lishments in two variants: ,,from the outside to the inside and ,,from the inside to the
In the first approach it is worth to establish:
1. Whether opportunities intensify strengths or not? 0 S
2. Whether opportunities allow weaknesses to win? 0 W
3. Whether threats weaken strengths? T S
4. Whether threats will intensify weaknesses? T W
In the second approach it is worth to establish:
1. Whether strengths allow to use newly created opportunities? S0
2. Whether strengths allow to repulse threats? S T
3. Whether weaknesses allow to use opportunities? W0
4. Whether weaknesses strengthen unfavourable influence of threats? WT
The answers for all these questions are presented in aform of amatrix, in abi-
nary number system: apositive answer is marked with ,,1, whereas anegative answer
ismarked with ,,0.
The marketing strategy has to induce actual assignments. The management
issupposed to quantify all resources needed for realization of the strategy.
Formulating the strategy, we must remember about differentiating our products
orservices. Unique offer of sale usually is based on one feature or advantage, which gives
The distinguishing of the feature can be considered from several points of view:

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Quality of service
Understanding the needs of the customers
Best guarantees
Care about environment
Relation between value and price.
Its not hard to see that the choice of the strategy is imposed by general nature
oftheproducts and services offered to the buyers, degree of coverage of the market, dif-
ferentiation of marketing activities and position regarding to the buyers.


The market potential is often non-material, built from elements - innovations,

human resources, market culture, trade mark etc. This potential is not easy to copy
bythecompetitors and tends to resist. The dominance based on the potential isentire
and stable and that is why it could be the impellent creating short and long-lasting val-
ues. Very important factor is the proper strategy, which is based oncontinuous research
and the client orientation. The strategy requires the entire commitment of all team as
well as on the level of creating as during theimplementation.

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Barbara M. Kolbus

Barbara M. Kolbus, MA
Association Project-Europe, Poland

The basics of marketing city management

Theory and examples


Marketing city management is acomplicated process that requires the expertise

inmanaging not only in the range of marketing itself but also many detailed, mutually
diversified issues of economic, organizational, legal, spatial, sociological, or political na-
In order to manage the city efficiently the city managers should be aware
that the territorial marketing is not only a managerial process but also social, aimed
at achieving the goals by local entities. It is also aprocess aimed to guarantee long-term
comfort for residents by satisfying the needs of local partners. Therefore, the actions
of local authorities should be the determinant of city objectives implemented in its
strategy. Thetargets set should result from the tasks imposed by the state authorities
and from the problems of local communities, that is the individual problems of cities,
suchasunemployment, living conditions of residents and urban infrastructure.

1. The city as an organization of local government

Local government is a term often defined, however it is not uniformly under-

stood. Howto define to alarge extent depends on the meaning functions attributed.
Local government can be defined as an organization of local or regional community,
while representing aform ofthe civil service in which people form on the strength of law
acommunity and relatively independently decide on the completion of administrative
tasks, resulting from the needs ofthe community on aterritory given and authorized
by law to local government, under thespecific statutory supervision of government civil
service. The fact needs to be emphasized that local government is an institution guar-
anteed by the Constitution of Poland, and that the Constitution assigns itaspecial role
among the local public administration bodies. The Constitution of1997 places the exis-
tence of different local government units, art.164 paragraph 2 says the basic unit of local
government is the district. The city, in turn, is an urban -rural district or an urban district
with county rights.
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The city, as an institution is the subject of many years of research, such disciplines
aseconomics, law, history, sociology, spatial economy. Notable is the fact thatitisnot
apassive object of study, but it has very important implications in every sphere. Hence,
there are many definitions of the city, as well as the conditions governing its creation1.
Quoting MJ Czornik after M. Nowak it can be distinguished for nine features decisive
in urbanity of aparticular settlement unit 2:

the content of people centers,

the professional diversity of residents,
the heterogeneity of residents,
the diversity of building development,
the dominance of secondary over primary groups, the prevalence of property over
personal contacts,
different than in the village demographic contours of urban communities (including
ahigher rate of feminization)
the urban style of people living,
the process of discontinuous land use changes in time and space,
the accumulation of economic entities.

Each of the features mentioned above is associated with certain effects.

From theperspective of regional and local development, the diversification of occupa-
tional population and the accumulation of economic entities is particularly important
because both of these provide awider range of activities, based primarily on the greater
availability ofparticular development instruments. Increased number ofeconomic en-
tities means more tax revenues for local governments, as well as more opportunities
to combat unemployment. Economic development is associated with an increase
in competitiveness of aparticular center. It is also worth noting that both these factors
contribute to the multiplication of human capital and social capital that occurs in the
area. Which in turn enables the development ofeconomy based on knowledge3.
In Polish law the status of the city is regulated by Local Government Act 1990
(Journal of Laws [Dz.U] 1990 No 16, item 95.) and the Act on county government
from 1998 (Journal of Laws [Dz.U] 1998 No. 91, item 578). These laws define the manda-
tory bodies, their tasks, powers and relationships between them. Also the organization
ofthese bodies work is partly regulated by the Act, but despite the mandatory findings
of the law, cities have great freedom in establishing the full structure oftheorganization4.
M.J. Nowak, T. Skotarczyk (ed.), Zarzdzanie miastem. Studium ekonomiczne iorganizacyjne, (War
szawa: CeDeWu LLC, 2010), p. 23.
Ibid., pp. 23 24.
Ibid., pp. 24 25.
T. Markowski, Zarzdzanie rozwojem miast, (Warszawa: PWN, 1999), p. 13.
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The city, as mentioned above, has its own organizational structure, aset of prin-
ciples and rules of action, which it uses. At the same time in the local community which
the city includes there are numerous other formal and informal organizations carrying
out their own tasks based on their structures, people and procedures5. Thus, in the lo-
cal community there are conflicts and alliances, among which the organization of ur-
ban self-government operates. The city as an organization operating in the towns mar-
ket, is asystem of interrelated elements, organized and capable of being isolated from
the environment. Citys design isformed by its objectives, structure, people andproce-
dures which it uses.
Cities like other local government units as an expression of self-government
power granted the right to self-organize their affairs and management of them.
The affairs essence of territorial corporations such as cities, is to perform public duties,
some ofwhich stem directly from local communities, while others have been entrusted
bythe state.
The overview of the citys own tasks clearly points to the fact that it is an eco-
nomic entity that actively participates in the market game, which should be classified
asanon-profit organization with the following characteristics6:

conducting activities in the implementation of public tasks,

satisfying the collective needs of the local community,
the gain understood as the development of financial surplus is not the most
important measure of the city activities, but it is ameans of achieving the objectives
andthetasks of the city,
the results of city operations are assessed from the point of view of satisfying
theneeds of the local community that shows up most often in along time,
the use of state financial assistance,
taking actions to attract additional financial means (e.g. from EU funds),
local community participation in decision making process and in control process
ofthe city.

Cited above the range of tasks and the social responsibility for their implementa-
tion makes the local government aservice institution of special significance. At the same
time inthe administration marketed the popular notion is so called provider administra-
tion. The name comes from the Latin word ministrare that is to serve. Thus, in its defini-
tion the fact isemphasized that it is an instrument providing services aimed at satisfying
the needs ofthecommunity7.
Ibid., p. 13.
B. Gajdzik, Marketing wgminie. Wybrane zagadnienia, (Bytom: Wysza Szkoa Ekonomii iAdministracji
wBytomiu, 2002), p. 13.
A. Duda, Public relations miast iregionw, (Warszawa: Difin, 2010), p. 21.
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Therefore, we can draw the thesis that the key to the success of the city is to pres-
ent themost attractive offer designed to meet the needs of residents of this particular
settlement -spatial unit, and other reference groups.

2. City marketing management

2.1 The organizations management system

The word organization comes from the Greek word organizo, which means cre-
ating orderly, harmonious wholes. These are the institutions, as isolated from theenvi-
ronment, internally organized and related to each other the sets of elements.
The city like every organization is a group of elements that have to interact
to achieve assumed goals. Therefore, the organization is asystem which consists of many
components and subsystems. The main components are its objectives, structure, tech-
nique and above all people. They are interrelated and mutually influence eachother, thus
forming subsystems. H. Leavitt in his study from the second half ofthe twentieth century
distinguished five major subsystems of the organization:

goals and values - that describe the vision and mission of the organization, itsrole
in the closer and further environment and astrategy of functioning
psychosocial that characterizes the participants of the organization, attitude,
motivation, culture, religious values and beliefs
technical - technology, knowledge and skills, buildings, appliances
structure - showing the distribution of tasks within the organization, access
toinformation, hierarchy, formalization, accountability and authority
management - which focuses on coordinating the other subsystems andagreeing
astrategy leading to the success of the organization.

The change in each of these subsystems causes the need to adapt others to
the new situation.
As already mentioned, the organization and its individual elements are established
toachieve specific objectives. Effective setting goals should meet the SMART principle.
These goals should be8:
specified - it should be determined specifically as possible,
measurable - each goal must have its target rate by which its performance will be
acceptable - workers who will accomplish the objective must accept it, otherwise
8, August 6th, 2012.
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they will not want to accomplish it,

realistic - available resources must be sufficient to achieve the target,
timely - objectives should have the date of performance.

By managing we understand the actions taken by the management, involving

the optimal in time and space selection of human and material resources and orient-
ing them to carry out assumed objectives. Awell-run management consists ofvarious
phases, as shown in the picture below:

Figure 1. Own work based on Z. Knecht, Zarzdzanie marketingowe, (Wrocaw: Wysza Szkoa
Zarzdzania we Wrocawiu, 2001), p. 6.

Certain management functions correspond to phases of managing above-men-

tioned, they include9:
Planning - devising the mode of action, tailored to the stated purpose andanticipated
circumstances under which it will come to act, long-term and short-term planning
Organizing - fixing or modifying the formal organizational structure of the executive
realm and regulatory realm of institutions, creating an organization that will enable
theimplementation of the formulated action plan;
Motivating - the transfer of the management apparatus influences on the cells ofthe
executive sphere that cause reactions in order to achieve the objectives of theinstitution;
Controlling - the acquisition by the apparatus managing information concerning tasks
course and realization and to control their compliance with the planned objectives
Z. Knecht, Zarzdzanie marketingowe, (Wrocaw: Wysza Szkoa Zarzdzania we Wrocawiu, 2001), pp. 6 10.
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of theinstitution.
Significant impact on management style has the organizational structure ofinstitutions
which depends on the purpose of establishing an organization, and itsdeterminant is
primarily astrategy of the institution.

2.2 The role of marketing in the organization, which is the city

Marketing is seen as an action aimed at the creation, promotion and provision

of goods and services to customers, companies and institutions. The activities under-
taken within itconsist primarily in advertisement, promotion and an active art ofsale by
using aset ofinstruments of market analysis. Marketing is often seen intodays world
also as thearchitect of the consumer society, which is asystem whereby the seller is able
toenslave the consumer.
Philip Kotler defines ten areas that are in the center of interest of marketing ex-
perts : products, services, experiences, events, people, places, property, companies, in-

formation andideas. These areas are inextricably linked with the proper shaping ofstrat-
egy for the marketing city, which in itself is mega product offered to consumers who
are residents, local entrepreneurs, their employees, local institutions and organizations,
therepresentatives of local lobby, tourists, visitors, potential residents, highly qualified
workers, domestic and foreign entrepreneurs, the central authorities, organizations
andgovernment departments, national and foreign institutions or investors.
Products. Products or things physically produced, manufactured in the particular city.
Over the years, the concept of alocal product appeared distinguishing theproducts
produced in the area, which residents equate with. Products that are manufactured
from materials available locally and thus they are environmentally friendly. Marketers
are struggling in the promotion and sale of local products, which are acomponent of
the city built brand. Anexample of product which is inextricably associated with Poznan
is witomarciski crescent shaped bun - croissant stuffed with white poppy traditionally
prepared ontheoccasion of St. Martin - November 11.
Service. In agrowing economy services play an important role. In 2008, the share ofser-
vices in added gross value amounted to 64.3% 11 for Poland. Such services include, inter
alia: theoperation of hotels and restaurants, car rentals, educational, health care, culture,
sport andrecreation, financial intermediation, and many others. Cracow is aPolish city
whose brand are primarily educational services offered atahigh level. Intellectual po-

Ph. Kotler, Marketing. Eleventh edition, edited by B. Pilarczyk, H. Mruk., Issue 1 (reprint), (Pozna: Dom
Wydawniczy Rebis, cop 2005), pp. 5 8.
Ewolucja sektora usug w Polsce w latach 1995 2008, (Warszawa: Ministerstwo Gospodarki, Departa-
ment Analiz iPrognoz, 2010), p. 13.
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tential ofCracow is: twenty-three universities, including functioning for centuries Jagiel-
lonian University, oreducating on ahigh level theStanislaw Staszic Academy of Mining
Experiences. In the territorial marketing experiences play avery important role inshap-
ing the brand of place. Impressions, experiences can be created through theinstrumen-
talization of several services and products offered by the city. The authorities of Lub-
lin realizing theproject Lublin 2016 European Capital of Culture presented the city as
aplace ofinspiration. The slogan was and still is consistently promoted: Lublin as the city

Figure 2. Billboard campaign of Lublin city

Source:, August 6th, 2012.

Events. Events are another element for territorial marketing specialists as ameans ofpro-
moting the cities. Events such as: the Olympics, important trade fair exhibitions, sporting
events, artistic events. Events are important elements in the promotion ofthe city that is
why many Polish cities strove to organize football matches intheEURO 2012, ortopre-
pare accommodation for the players and fan zones forfans.

Figure 3. UEFA EURO 2012 (from left: Gdansk, Cracow, Wroclaw)

Source: Based on

People. Marketing as an area of famous people was recently discovered in Poland.

Artists, musicians, doctors, writers, lawyers with narrow specializations or other
professionals build their brand. In turn cities, as well as companies or non-governmental
organizations derive gladly from the fame of these people in order topromote them-
selves. An excellent example isthe creation of the avenues of stars or celebrities, which
attracts every year not only famous people from show business. In addition there are
agreat lure for tourists - autographs hunter. In Europe, the most famous avenue of the

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stars is located in Cannes. In turn the most famous its Polish equivalent is the Promenade
of Stars in Midzyzdroje.
Ownership. Property is inviolable right of ownership. It can be bought and sold, which
requires marketing activities. An example might be the estate market - developers of-
ten cooperate with city authorities in order to reveal the perfect places for consumers
to settle down.
Companies. Cities seek to make it on their premises have been located establishments
offirms with astrong and favorable image in the public consciousness. For this purpose,
stewards seek to create in their area as the most favorable conditions for business devel-
opment. An example may be emerging economic zones throughout the whole coun-
try. Zamosc, a city with centuries of tradition, rich cultural heritage has been seeking
for years anopportunity to create an economic zone in their area. Thanks to strenuous
efforts of local authorities andrepresentatives of the Parliament in 2010 aZamojska Spe-
cial Economics Subzone was created. From this point it is the promotion and searching
for key investors whocould be amagnet for consumers products offered by the city.
Information. Information can be produced and sold just like an ordinary product. With
well developed system of communication with the city surroundings have a chance
to persuade target groups to them, are likely to recruit an investor, atourist, anew resi-
Ideas. Each commercial offer includes the idea. An example might be social campaigns
promoting such ideas as: Do not give money, help sensibly (thecampaign conducted
by the Poznan city against begging), At any time clean up after Azor (public campaign
of Czestochowa city was led to the elimination of animal waste from city sidewalks
andlawns), Spin kilometers, park theclimatically (the campaign organized bytheFoun-
dation Allegro All For Planet, whose aim is to promote cycling, at the same time ecology
and the use of modern technology).

Figure 4. Visualization of promotional materials of selected social campaigns (from left to right:
apublic campaign led by the city of Czestochowa city, the city of Poznan, Allegro Foundation All For
Planet which the city of Rzeszow is actively involved in)
Source: Based on
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Place. Places, areas, territories, cities, districts, states actively compete in the rapidly
changing market. They themselves constitute a specific product. Polish cities seeking
toattract as many investors should learn from the experience in the marketing ofplaces
available to Ireland. It is the country that managed to convince morethan500 large com-
panies to build plants on its premises.
As shown in the above examples, marketing is an extremely important part
ofmanaging the city. In the literature, the concept of territorial marketing is used that
is defined asaphilosophy of achieving the objectives by settlement units incompetition
for limited resources, whose belief is that the correct orientation ofthecustomers - the
partners has adecisive influence on the results achieved. Marketing of the city includes
the analysis, planning and controlling the programs whose aim is to achieve the desired
exchange processes with the markets andgroups selected.

2.3 Marketing management

Marketing management is inextricably linked to marketing strategy, which

is long-term formulation of ways to achieve the objectives of the company. The main
functions ofmarketing management is to:

planning and forecasting,

organization of marketing activities,
coordination and implementation,
developing implementations and inference.
As already mentioned above, each organization bases their actions on guidance
purposes. The goal of any territorial unit including all those operating in it is thewelfare
oflocal community which never stops seeking it because there is no set closing date
and thelevel of its implementation. The means to achieve itandanintermediate goal
is thedevelopment of the territory which requires effective management.
Tadeusz Markowski in the publication Managing the cities development de-
fines aterritorial marketing as the tool in the management of territorial individuals de-
velopment in such away that the kind of acomplex mega product, which isthecity, would
satisfy identified and anticipated needs of customers in exchange forbenefits for aspecific
territory, which was treated as aterritorially defined empowered collection of residents .
The use of marketing in the city in the managerial sense accepted is to help
achieving thegoals of development by overcoming the constraints from theenviron-
ment anditsinterior.

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2.4 Marketing situation analysis

Analysis of marketing situation of the city is the starting point for activities re-
lated to the construction of promotion strategy. Diagnosis of the marketing situation
should include both the analysis of citys image and analysis of the external and competi-
tive environment. Adoption and implementation of activities under this phase will help
to familiarize themselves with the socio-economic situation and development priori-
ties of the city, it will also enable the verification of development factors which will pro-
vide acompetitive advantage to the city while being the foundation ofhispromotion.
To make the diagnosis give afull picture of the situation should be carried out based
on available secondary sources of information (including strategic program documents,
available studies and information materials on local government unit, the book of visual
identification LGU system, information materials ofcompetitive units, the press prelimi-
nary research), and primary sources that is the research planned12.
Functional image in the minds of both residents (local community) and third
party isanintangible asset of the city, which is of particular importance for the success
ofthe implemented strategy of promotion. Activities associated with the formation ofthe
citys image must be preceded by the identification of the current perception ofthe city,
both inside and outside its borderlines. Many times, the image captured bythe residents
and local government is different than the image of the city environment. Without ade-
tailed and honest evaluation of the initial implementation ofall plans related to the tar-
get image creation isburdened with very high risk. Asastarting point, the diagnosis of
acurrent state allows toidentify among others: adegree of awareness of the city be-
ing, aknowledge of its values, shows the main associations with the city and its positive
and negative aspects. Only on the basis of such information it is possible to indicate
whether it is desirable to change, correct and reconstruct the image and establish guide-
lines related to these actions13.
Analysis of external environment and competitive city is another step in the di-
agnosis of the city marketing situation. Analyzing the external environment of the city
we must consider the following factors14:


M. Florek, A. Augustyn, Strategia promocji samorzdu terytorialnego zasady i procedury, (Warszawa:
Fundacja Best Place Europejski Instytut Marketingu Miejsc, 2011), pp. 59 83.
E. Gliska, M. Florek, A. Kowalewska, Wizerunek miasta od koncepcji do wdroeni, (Warszawa: ABC
aWolters Kluwer business, 2009), p. 65.
Cf H. Gawroski, Zarzdzanie strategiczne w samorzdach lokalnych, Wolters Kluwer, Warszawa 2010,
pp.168 - 169 per M. Florek, A. Augustyn, Strategia promocji samorzdu terytorialnego zasady iproce-
dury, (Warszawa: Fundacja Best Place Europejski Instytut Marketingu Miejsc, 2011), pp. 59 83.
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political and legal,


Analysis of the external environment is carried out including PEST method that
allows to distinguish the political, economic, socio-cultural and technological environ-
ment. Atool that is complementary to the indicated method is the analysis ofstakehold-
ers which includes, in turn, institutional players and decision makers, including all insti-
tutions and authorities operating in the city, organizations and running social groups
inside the city anditssurroundings that have an interest inits action and that may affect
the study andimplementation of promotion strategy.
Another way to analyze the external environment are scenario methods
fortheanalysis of strategic planning in the conditions changing and non-structuralized
environment. This method cannot describe the exact picture oftheparticular entity fu-
ture, however, makes itpossible to stimulate the city managers to predict the various
development of phenomena and study their impact on the unit.
Competitive environment can be subjected to diagnosis, inter alia, by bench-
marking which is an analytical method based on comparing the important features
associated with different areas of functioning cities with similar characteristics of the
main competing centers or centers considered to be better, leading, the most attractive
inthe country orabroad. This method allows us to determine distances that separate two
entities in some respect. The same it also serves to learn from the best, thus eliminating
the risk of errors inactions. Another recommended method of analysis ofthe city com-
petitive environment byMagdalena Florek, which is focused primarily on understanding
acompetitive dynamics ofthe market is J. Welch model. Thismethod is based on five

what are the current trends in the market and in what direction do they change?
what actions did your competitors undertake during the past two years to change
ortake advantage of market trends to their advantage?
what did you do in the past two years to change or take advantage of market trends
toyour advantage?
what can your competitors do to change the market dynamics in a way the least
beneficial to you?
what can you do to shape market dynamics the most profitable for you?

K. Obj, Strategia organizacji, PWE, Warszawa 2007, p. 257 in M. Florek, A. Augustyn, Strate-
gia promocji samorzdu terytorialnego zasady i procedury, (Warszawa: Fundacja Best Place
Europejski Instytut Marketingu Miejsc, 2011), pp. 59 83.
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These questions should answer the city managers at least once ayear. Answers
should be brief and be on one sheet of paper.
After analyzing the marketing situation of the city, the assembly of information
selected, thenext step is to create areport from the diagnosis carried out. Thus prepared
report should be used to form the citys marketing strategy.

2.5 Segmentation of market places

Segmentation is the process of market division based on specific criteria inarel-

atively homogeneous groups of consumers called segments which determine the ex-
pansion area and areference point for determining atarget market. Theprocess of seg-
mentation is run by managers that kind of organization thatisthecity has to partition
specific groups of consumers, appealing because of the possibilities of creating eco-
nomic benefits for the city. In the case of territorial units mandatory segment is defined,
which are inhabitants ofthecity. There are three types of segments16:

segment of the population and residents of the city

segments which the city wants to acquire,
segments which the city wants to avoid.

The city is ateam of diversified sub products, hence the segmentation isanoblig-
atory step in designing the marketing strategy of the city. The city isaspecific, shaped
in large part by history, the product of seeking theappropriateconsumers for the offer
prepared sothesegmentation procedure incase the city should start from the analysis
of urban sub products range.
Stages of territorial market segmentation process:

making alist of features and characteristics of each sub product,

making alist of needs that are or may be satisfied by any sub product,
making alist of potential buyers whose needs can be satisfied by products owned,
the selection of market segments,
in-depth characterization of each segment according to the corresponding features,
defining the size, attractiveness and profile of each segment,
the selection of the target segment.
Recipients of the city can be divided into two groups: internal and external.
The only source of this classification is the place (in the territorial sense) of custom-
ers location inrelation to the city. In the case of external recipients main objectives of
the city isattracting and encouraging to visit it, to live in it. In turn ties between the city
M. Florek, Podstawy marketingu terytorialnego, (Pozna: Wydawnictwo Akademii Ekonomicznej w Poz-
naniu, 2007), p. 74.
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anditsinternal consumers are related to their satisfaction, therefore apriority objective

of the city is to satisfy consumers needs. Recipients of the internal market are regular
customers of local self-government offer, are condemned on the local offer. The city
should direct it efforts toward halting the current segments from going into other cities.
Internal recipients include citizens, local authorities, enterprises existing in the city, local
and regional institutions, whilst theouter segment includes tourists, investors, neighbor-
ing cities, organizations andgovernment departments17. The division into external and
internal customers illustrates Figure 5.

External purchasers
Internal purchasers
Objective: acquirement and
Objective: satisfaction and maintenance
domestic tourists,
permanent and occasional residents,
foreign tourists,
members of local authorities,
workers and activists at various levels of local
potential residents,
highly skilled, specialized workforce,
employees of companies and public
domestic and foreign entrepreneurs,
investors (domestic and foreign),
local entrepreneurs,
central authorities,
local organizations and institutions,
organizations and government
representatives of local lobby,
local media
national and foreign institutions

Figure 5. Segmentation of territorial mega product buyers

Source: M. Florek, Podstawy marketingu terytorialnego, (Pozna: Wydawnictwo Akademii Ekonomicznej
wPoznaniu, 2007), p. 77.

Avery important element in creating the image of the city are various groups
behaviors its internal environment. The most important are the citys inhabitants and
local authority. Residents a sense of local identity and the degree of their loyalty
istheunderlying factor in building up the image of the city. It can be described aspride
or psychological attachment to the city. Social and family values are an integral part
ofthebrand personality of the city. Loyalty can be achieved through appropriate man-
agement which will make sceptical people become true followers of the place. The diffi-
culty is that people do not feel responsible fortheimage of the city. Lack of commitment,
asense of pride and local patriotism ofthe inhabitants can destroy or shatter the existing
potential of the city brand, asresidents have the greatest impact on the development
and marketing success ofthe place. Solidarity of inhabitants which consists of elements
such as values, beliefs andhistory is associated with the uniqueness of local identity.
Partner relationships management is another important factor in the develop-
ment of the brand. In the context of the effectiveness of marketing activities division

M. Florek, A. Augustyn, op. cit., pp. 148 154.
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isjustified interms of the nature of buyers, dividing the audience to individual consum-
ers (natural persons or their groups submitting their own individual goals andneeds)
and institutional consumers (institutions, organizations or their groups, and natural per-
sons acting on behalf ofthe institution).
Brands of the city cannot be developed without the effective involvement of
various organizations, especially from the private sector. This group of shareholders
hasagreat impact, which can be positive, yielding great results, but also destructive, if it
is not aconsensus among the inner groups environment.

2.6 Marketing planning as the most important function

of marketing management

Planning as afunction of management is the process of devising the mode of action,

adapted to the purpose stated and circumstances anticipated under which itwilloperate.
Itisabove all thinking about the future, intellectual activity which involves establishing
thecompanys vision for ayear or several years. Planning isthat causing events and using
circumstances. Agood plan will serve theorganization, even if it will not fully manage tocar-
ry it out, but failure always means aplanned failure. Planning is avitally important function
of marketing management in particular for initiating the process of shaping the city brand.
Due to the complexity of the process of shaping perceptions about the city amarketing
strategy should be developed and the tools to put it into practice should be chosen.

2.7 Implementation

Implementation of the city developed amarketing strategy is based on the ef-

fective use of promotion instruments, and aselection of appropriate means andcom-
munication channels. The basic set of tools is the marketing mix (4P - product, price,
place, promotion).
Nevertheless, from the point of view of territorial marketing the range of market-
ing activities arranged according to the formula 4P has some limitations that prevent
itsfull adaptation. Therefore, in the specialist literature, there are new concepts. Modifi-
cations occurred in three directions18:
I. adding to the concept 4P other areas P, resulting from apositive verification ofnew
means of interaction (concepts 5P, 6P, 7P),
II. adapting concept 4P to the needs of entities operating on the market of services (7P
concept in services),
III. proposing new classification sections of marketing instruments (concepts 4C, 4D).
A. Szromnik, Marketing terytorialny, (Krakw: Wydawnictwo aWolters Kluwer business, 2008), p.72.
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To build acity image particularly important are the first two forms of modifying
thecomposition of marketing instruments. The first is adding at first afifth P - packaging
andthen next two P - politics and power. In addition, publicity emerged in the concept 8P.
While the concept of marketing mix for entities operatoring on the services mar-
ket assumes three new areas of marketing activities19:

people ,
physical evidence - physical features or material environment,
process - the process or procedure of providing services.
4C concept is based on customer value, the cost of acquisition (cost), purchase
convenience (convenience), communication (communication). Characteristic ofthe4C
concept is that this is aperspective of expressing the customers point ofview. Acus-
tomer perceives the product as acollection of utilities, as acumulative value resulting
from thesame form of the product and its features20.
In turn the 4D concept relates directly to the concept of partner marketing,
also points tonew areas of marketing activity of organizations that in the coming years
willensure their market success. It is based on the effective management ofcustomer
database (database management), strategic design , direct marketing dedicated, differ-
Given that local governments operate in amarket characterized by high dynam-
ics, andtheir activity is reduced mainly to offer various services to internal and external
customers, it should be noted that with regard to marketing strategies of local govern-
ment units new formulas of marketing mix in services are particularly useful.
The basis for efficient management of the city, realizing both operational
andstrategic activities is amarketing strategy. Without agood strategy and its proper
implementation wecannot count on success. The success of acity, as well as acompany
cannot only be theresult of its operating efficiency. In conditions ofgrowing and at once
more intense competition occurring in the market towns, thestrategy becomes an in-
creasingly important determinant of success22.
According to the Ph. Kotler the marketing strategy is the selection of objectives,
principles or rules that at agiven time give direction marketing activities of the city, set-
ting sizes, combinations and allocation of resources depending on changing market
situation23. The essence of developing astrategic plan boils down toformulate in aclear

Ibid., p. 73.
Ibid., p. 73.
Ibid., p. 74.
St. lusarczyk, Aktywno marketingowa maych irednich przedsibiorstw, (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Pol-
tex, 2009), p. 65.
Ibid., p. 65.
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and concise manner the main strategic options to ensure long-term development of the
city. These strategic options need to be translated intodecisions and action programs.
In order to the marketing strategy chosen by the city will provide the city long-term
development, principles and rules contained herein shall be consistent with theprin-
ciples determined in the concept of sustainable development. The concept ofsustain-
able development involves striving for socio-economic development harmonized with
theenvironment, taking into account determinants and ecologic constraints, develop-
ment with respect for nature in such away that does not cause irreversible changes in
the environment. It also sets out the development ensuring long- term improvement
insocial, economic and environmental dimension, development whose aim is to provide
thehighest quality of life. An important note isalso the fact that principle of sustain-
able development is aprinciple recognized inthe Polish Constitution in Article 5, which
reads: The Republic of Poland safeguards the independence and integrity of its territory
andensures the freedom and human and civil rights and safety of citizens, safeguards
thenational heritage, and provides environmental protection, guided by the principle
ofsustainable development24.

3. Marketing strategies and their implementation by selected

Polish cities of Eastern Poland

3.1 Rzeszow

Rzeszow as Podkarpackie largest city and also its capital. Recent years we can
observe itsdynamic development. In 2008, the resolution of the Rzeszow city council
Rzeszow Brand Strategy for 2008 - 2013 and the city of Rzeszow Promotion Program
for 2009 - 2013 was adopted. This document contains adiagnosis ofthecity situation,
aSWOT analysis aswell as the assumptions of the city strategy and program promotion.
This slogan that promotes this Subcarpathian city isRzeszow - the capital of innovation,
which is supported by four sub-brand components, namely: the center of the aerospace
industry, high technology center, auniversity center specializing in unique directions,
and acentre of studies over Polish community abroad and migrations.
The study by Poznan company Public Profits this strategy cost the city about
80 thousand zlotys. What is, however, with the implementation of the strategy?
Intheframework oftheimplementation Rzeszow city campaign for you was carried out
in 2009, , and two image-building campaigns: Rzeszow agood choice andRzeszow
passes the test. You can say - not much. Unfortunately, the implementation strategy

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prepared is limited with low funds allocated forthispurpose. According to the Depart-
ment of Promotion and International Cooperation of the City of Rzeszow actions taken
in implementing the Brand Strategy Rzeszow focused on active participation in inter-
national air fairs organized in Paris andBerlin. On this occasion collaboration with the
most experienced cluster in the country - Aviation Valley was developed, where the city
promotion is based primarily on the economic aspect.
Avery positive outcome of participation of representatives of the City of Rzeszow,
Subcarpathian Voivodeship Marshals Office and the Aviation Valley Association anden-
trepreneurs affiliated in it in the fairs ILA Berlin Air Show 2010 is this years status ofPo-
land as the partner country of the Berlin markets. On this occasion, inSeptember, ameet-
ing of economy ministers from Poland and German isscheduled.
The dynamic development of Rzeszow, and the fact that it is the capital oftheAvi-
ation Valley cluster has induced the Ministry of National Economy ofHungary to invite
the city ofRzeszow to cooperation as the only Polish partner forrealization the project
Cluster COOP - that is supporting effective trans-national cooperation between clusters
in Central Europe countries.

3.2 Lublin

Lublin Eastern Poland city, aflourishing research center. In order to prepare aco-
herent, sustainable image of Lublin, and tools for the promotion both in the long and
short term managers used the project The brand of Lublin. At the core oftheproject
realization was the conviction that treating Lublin as abrand, youshould focus on its the
best management. The project was divided into seven phases spread over time, where
the transition led to thedevelopment of brand strategy Lublin and the commencement
of its implementation:

Phase I- Inventory of Lublin potential (February 2007)

Phase II - Quantitative Research (March 2007)
Phase III - Qualitative Research (April 2007)
Phase IV - Public Consultation (May 2007)
Phase V - Developing aLublin brand strategy (September 2007)
Phase VI - System of Visual Identification City (June 2007 - February 2008)
Phase VII - Implementation of brand strategy

The basics of marketing city management Theory and examples

The implementation of Lublin brand strategy as stated on city web page takes
place onthree levels25:
the system of the brands behaviors - finding and supporting, usually incooperation
with local communities, the elements of city life, which give the opportunity
toexperience the identity of the city.

brand communication - the use of appropriately selected forms ofcommunication

tocreate and retain the citys image according to the brand strategy. Managers within
the activities conducted undertake promotional campaigns, including anoteworthy
campaign which promotes the city as a academic center, Be free. Study in Lublin
(the campaign was conducted in 2008). Manager appreciating the importance
of promoting the city by the residents in 2009 he conducted The number plate
ofLublin campaign. In this framework, the residents of Lublin receiving new number
plates in the Communication Department of the City Council, were receiving for free
two frames for mounting on the car. They were stamped with the elements ofvisual
identification of Lublin system. The city of inspiration. Another brand communication
tools are also publishing houses and advertising articles. Developed brand strategy
provides bases for effective distribution of these articles, and Visual Identification
System unifies their look and gives an attractive form. Promotional materials like
other announcements are consistently being developed by constant patterns,
compositional systems in order to build positive images of Lublin, and capture
the image desired among residents, visitors and tourists thanks to the coherence

product promotional initiatives: Managers in cooperation with local communities

form projects, which are the business cards of the city of key importance for its long-
term image.

25, August 6th, 2012.

Barbara M. Kolbus


Marketing management the organization which is the city is a process that

requires a thorough analysis of the marketing city situation, making segmentation
of the market places as well as careful planning. Extremely important is also carrying
out the inspection while implementing guidelines of strategy developed into practice.
It is important that the message addressed to recipients is consistent with the image we
want to create on adynamic urban market.
There are many examples among Polish cities, where marketing activities arecar-
ried out that are not related in any way with the strategy adopted bymanagers. Often
cities do not have adeveloped marketing strategy, the officials also do not lead the mar-
keting situation analysis of the city or do not make market segmentation on which as
an organization they operate. Nevertheless, they take upthe promotional activities. Un-
aware at what point they are, where they strive, whom they direct to their message, they
do not actually lead theprocess ofmarketing managing acity. What is worse, they still
are not aware of this fact. Inthis situation, not only the residents money is wasted, but
also sometimes anundesirable image of the city is created, resulting in further losses as
lost opportunities and possibilities (for example investors recruiting, locating thehead-
quarters of important institutions, orthedesire of new residents to settle inthe city).
The positive effect is an increase of marketing awareness of the Polish cities man-
agers. Very positive examples are even the cities of Wroclaw, Poznan or Torun. Good ex-
amples ofEastern Poland cities which have developed amarketing strategy of their city
brand isRzeszow and Lublin. Despite low financial means which can beused for imple-
mentation of activities established in the strategy, managers try torealize it in the best
way, not accusing it, and thus step by step, striving to build alasting image of the city on
domestic andinternational market.

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Wydanie 1 (dodruk), Pozna: Dom Wydawniczy Rebis, cop. 2005.
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PhD student at Cracow University of Economics, Poland

Decision Making Process in Management


Business management seems to be adifficult task in 21st century. Contemporary

managers have to confront new challenges. This means that changes inmanagements
quality have to be applied. There is acommon unanimity that only competent, well in-
formed and motivated managers can make rational decisions. Therefore, it can be said
that competences, information and motivations are desired in aiming for asuccess. The
most wanted managers competences are talent, knowledge, experience, intuition and
In order to compete in the global market, company savings has to be continu-
ously released. In the contemporary unstable business environment managers of each
levels have to learn how to look far-reaching on their resources. Nowadays, in times of
great challanges, when business environment is changeable and various difficulties ap-
pear, amanager also has to be aleader. Asuccess is created byindividuals, not by com-
panies. It results from the effectiveness and efficiency ofpeople who created the organi-
zational structure of acompany.

1. Aspecificity of decision making process in management

Decision-making is the process of selection of one solution out of many avail-

able. Inthis context, decision-making is the most general function of management. What
ismore, decision-making is the essence of amanagers job. It is amanager whodeter-
mines success or failure of acompany, and thus its existence onademanding market.
In literature, in the field of management, there is a distinction between deci-
sion-making and decision-making process. According to R.W. Griffin, decision-making
process is awider concept than only an act of choice.1 In his opinion thisistheprocess
of recognizing and defining the nature of adecision situation, identifying alternatives,
choosing the best alternative, and putting it into practice.2 It means that apart from an

R.W. Griffin, Podstawy zarzdzania organizacjami, (Warszawa: PWN, 2007), p. 228.
Ibid., p. 228.
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act of choice, decision-making process includes also analyzing of asituation, generating

possible alternatives and putting them into practice. Therefore, the choice is an element
of decision-making process, still theimportant one.
P. Drucker, in his book The Effective Executive, while analyzing decision-mak-
ing processes in management in the American companies, points that the effective
decision process should include some crucial elements. The elements of the decision
process are:
the clear realization that the problem was generic and could only be solved through
adecision which established arule, aprinciple;
the definition of the specifications which the answer to the problem had tosatisfy,
that is, of the boundary conditions;
the thinking through what is right, that is, the solution which will fully satisfy the
specifications before attention is given to the compromises, adaptations, and
concessions needed to make the decision acceptable;
the building into the decision of the action to carry it out;
the feedback which tests the validity and effectiveness of the decision against the
actual course of events.3

The first element of the decision process is connected with an answer totheques-
tion: Is this ageneric situation or an exception?. P. Drucker distinguishes four types of

1. The truly generic situation of which the individual occurrence is only asymptom.
2. The situation which is aunique event for the individual institution, while forthewider
group of institutions it is actually generic.
3. The truly exceptional, the truly unique event.
4. The situation which is the early manifestation of anew generic problem.
The second element of the successful decision process is clear specifications
astowhat the decision has to accomplish. Amanager has to point at the minimum goals
and the objectives the decision has to reach. Adecision which does not fulfill established
boundary conditions is inappropriate and ineffectual. According toP.Drucker, thinking
through the boundary conditions is the most difficult element of the decision process.
In the next stage of the effective decision process amanager has to prevent
thewrong compromise. Amanager has to accomplish the right compromise
byanalyzing what is right rather than what is acceptable.
The fourth element in the decision process is converting the decision into action.
Itisthe most time-consuming step in decision-making. If amanager wants to convert

P. Drucker, Meneder skuteczny, (Warszawa: MT Bussines, 2011), pp. 172-173.
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adecision into action, he/she has to answer several distinct questions: Who has toknow
of this decision?; What action has to be taken?; Who is to take it?; What does the action
have to be so that the people who have to do it can do it?. It is amanagers task to adjust
the action to the capacities of the people who have tocarry it out.
The last element of the decision process is afeedback. The existence of afeed-
back is connected with acontinuous testing, since it is always probable that the best de-
cision may be wrong. It helps to test whether the assumptions are still valid orwhether
they need to be thought through again.
P. Walker points at rationality and involvement in implementing itasthecharac-
teristics of the effective decision.4 In this case rationality is perceived as aselection of one
solution out of many available. The second characteristic points at the necessity of involve-
ment of people who are interested in implementing thedecision. P. Walker distinguishes
also three factors which are included inthedecision: purposes, possibilities and risk.
P. Walker describes the problem of decision-making also in the context of prob-
lem solving and situational planning. 5 Both problem solving and situational planning
have to increase the quality of information used in decision-making. Problem solving

precedes decision-making, then it is followed by situational planning. This relation ispre-

sented on the diagram below.
Scheme 1. Decision making, problem solving and situational planning
Source: D.M. Stewart (ed.), Praktyka, op. cit., p. 541

D. M. Stewart (ed.), Praktyka kierowania. Jak kierowa sob, innymi ifirm, (Warszawa: PWE, 1996), p. 550.
Ibid., p. 550.
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2. Types and conditions of decision-making

Every company has its own internal structure. It includes various elements, con-
nections and relationships which connect them with each other. The most basic element
of organizations structures are single work places. Mutual relationships which connect
work places or groups of work places have different character. Organizations relation-
ships which occur most frequently are:
business relationship it connects managers of different levels ofmanagement with
their subordinates
functional relationship it connects positions and groups of positions which
simultaneously carry out various functions which are essential in efficient activity of
awhole company (e.g. financial function, personal function)
informational relationship it is atransfer of information which is essential indecision
making and tasks execution.
In order to maintain afunctional balance of acompany it is important to intro-
duce aproper system of management.
The organization of management depends on importance and types of tasks.
Itisachoice of the right way of transferring authorizations on other people or levels of
agiven economic unit. The task of the organization of management is achieving the
most effective division of work and ensuring the most efficient transfer ofcommands
from the highest level of organizations structure to the lowest level andtransfer of infor-
mation from the lowest level to the highest one.
The definition of system expresses an ordered structure of elements of some
wholeness. Thus, the creation of management structure system is connected with adivi-
sion of this wholeness into smaller elements and it ensures between them appropriate
relations. Management system is created by the creation of units whichhave to fulfill
specific functions and mutual subordination of these units inthestructure of levels.
Management of the whole organization is connected with the necessity of
acreation of multi-level structure which has apyramidal construction. It is ahierarchi-
cal structure in which managers of the lowest levels are subordinated to the managers
ofthe higher levels who are subordinated to the managers of the highest levels. Amulti-
level structure appears both in an organizational macrostructure and in the inside of
each level of management, that is microstructure.
On the one hand the structure of management system defines the division of
power into separate managerial elements of positions and connected with this division
hierarchical (vertical) arrangement and dependence. On the other hand, it defines thedi-
vision of tasks and specialization of managerial elements on each level ofthehierarchy.
Management system is ahierarchical superstructure of the execution unit and

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it consist of managerial positions, collective decision-making body and specialized

units and organizations positions which activity is concentrated on managerial tasks
The definite division of power leads to avertical arrangement of managerial po-
sitions and it allows to pointing at the most important position. The rest of managerial
positions and elements of the lowest level which influence the activity structure (mana-
gerial structure) are directly or indirectly subordinated to the most important position.
Between the central managerial element and the lowest level of management
thereare also intermediate levels which number is explained by the number of manage-
rial elements and accepted range of management. As the direct reasons ofthe hierarchi-
cal structure of management system one can points at:
diverse range and character of decision-imperious authorizations of separate
managerial elements,
an order of decision transfer,
availability of information essential to rational functioning.
Management system should be matched to the execution unit. Basic tasks
ofthemanagement system in the process of tasks execution increase the value ofthe
execution of units activity. These tasks are executed by:
assurance of conditions in the execution of the process of doing tasks,
optimization of processes which are included in the process of tasks execution and
their coordination,
improvement of organizational system in order to ensure tasks execution inamore
effective way.
In the practice of business management a manager has to cope with differ-
ent types of problems which require a suitable way of decision-making. In literature,
asfarasthe character of problem solving is concerned, decisions can be classified asei-
ther programmed or nonprogrammed.
R.W. Griffin defines programmed decision as adecision that is fairly structured
orrecurs with some frequency or both6. As J.A. Stoner suggests, programmed decisions
are made according to established policies, procedures, and habits7. Theabove mentioned
policies and procedures are treated as general rules ofdecision-making. Policies and pro-
cedures include also rules which point at specific acts essential in particular situation8.
Programmed decisions are made in order to solve particular type of problems,
thatisrepetitive and routine problems. They can be both simple and complicated. Itis
themanager who can define them, estimate and describe their components.

R.W. Griffin, Podstawy, op. cit., p. 283.
J.A. Stoner, R.E. Freeman, D.R. Gilbert, Kierowanie, (Warszawa: PWE, 1999), p. 245.
Ibid., p. 292.
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Programmed decisions are introduced into acompany in order to make mana-

gerial staffs work easier. They result in time savings so that it is possible to look after
more important issues. In practice, most of the decisions concerning basic procedures,
operating systems and repetitive (standard) transactions, are programmed.
The second type, that is nonprogrammed decisions, are ill-structured.
These decisions are made in order to solve unusual and exceptional problems.
Nonprogrammed decisions are used rarely by managerial staff because ofthecharacter
of situations in which they are used.
Problems which require the use of programmed decisions are rare, that is why
itisdifficult to establish suitable rules of behaviour. Nevertheless, they may have asig-
nificant impact on acompany. The examples of these problems are: issues connected
with the division of human resources, aproblem concerning achoice ofagroup which
does not fulfill its functions, and relations with the local community9. The higher level of
organizational structure, the more significant role ofnonprogrammed decisions. It also
results from the fact that most of improver programs for the management are directed
towards development of nonprogrammed decision making skills.
Conditions in which decision making process takes place are extremely impor-
tant. Depending on a situation, managers may fully understand conditions in which
thedecision is made or they may have only fragmentary knowledge about these condi-
tions. In most cases, conditions of decision making are characterized by:

uncertainty. (Scheme 2)

Scheme 2. Conditions which influence decisions making

Source: R.W. Griffin, Podstawy, op. cit., p. 284

Ibid., p. 292.
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In decision making under certainty, a manager knows (with reasonable

certainty) what the alternatives are and what conditions are associated with each
alternative. So that the purpose and precise information about possibility of solv-
ing particular problem are given. Unfortunately, acting in condtition under cer-
tainty is rare.
Another situation concerns decision making under risk. Amanager deals with
risk in a situation when he/she cannot predict results of a particular decision, thus
theamount of information helps to estimate the probability of achiving desired results.
R.W. Griffin defines risk as asituation in which availability of each alternatives and con-
nected with them potential profits and costs are known to some extent.10 An example of
decision making under risk is deciding about taking aparticular action when amanager,
on the basis of his previous experience, can estimate the probable outcome (80%), as
opposed to not achieving it (20%).
Uncertainty is both the most frequent and the most difficult condition for aman-
ager. Under uncertainty amanager does not know about all alternatives anditsconse-
quences and cannot estimate the level of risk which is connected witheach solution.
According to J.A. Stoner there are two reasons for uncertainty. As thefirst source of un-
certainty he points at external circumstances which cannot befully controlled by aman-
ager. The second reason is a lack of meaningful information owned by a manager. In
general, the sources of uncertainty are high level of complexity and high dynamics of
contemporary companies and environment in which they exist.
In the context of the practice of management, it is essential to differentiate the
level on which decisions are made. D.M. Steward distinguishes three levels on which ac-
tions are taken:

decisions made by you,

decisions which you can promote,
decisions which you have to accept11.

On the first level there are decisions perceived from the managers perspec-
tive which should be made by him/her. The second level includes these decisions
whichamanager can only introduce to other person, who is authorized to make them.
Inthe third level there are decisions made without amanager; he/she does nothave any
impact on them.

R.W. Griffin, Podstawy..., op. cit., p. 285.
D.M. Steward (ed.), Praktyka, op. cit., p. 553.
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3. Theories of managerial decisions

3.1 Rational theory of managerial decisions

There are three different approaches to the subject of decision making process:
rational normative
descriptive explanatory (behavioral)
cognitive interpretative12.
According to the first approach, in order to make rational decisions, amanager
hastoobey certain axioms of rational behaviour. The second approach presents thepro-
cesses of decision making in the practice of management. It also points atdeviations
which appear while acting according to the rules included in rational approach. The third
approach explains managers behaviour in the context ofthewhole collection of condi-
tions which influence circumstances in which managers have to make rational decisions.
In this point the rational normative approach will be discussed.
Rational normative approach is based on three levels of rationality:

alevel of assumptions and conditions,

alevel of practical recommendations,
alevel of rational decision processes.

Summing up, according to the rational decision theory ,,the rational decision
maker has consistent aims, faces recognizable problems, always knows how to optimize
his/her choice by using aprofit as the only measureable criterion13.
What is more, the rational approach, treated as anormative approach, does not
give the answer about the reality, it only indicates how the reality should be. As a re-
sult, the models based on managerial rationality point at the behaviour algorithm,
whichshould be used by amanager who makes rational decisions. (Scheme 3)

Scheme 3. The classical model of decision making

Source: R.W. Griffin, Podstawy, op. cit., p. 288

K. Bolesta Kukuka, Decyzje menederskie w teorii i praktyce zarzdzania, (Warszawa: Wyd. Naukowe
Wydziau Zarzdzania Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 2000), p. 19.
Ibid., p. 35.
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The classical model of decision making refers to rationality. It is based on manag-

ers logical and rational acting and conviction that their decisions will improve companys
situation. This model indicates which levels of decision making are essential in order to
make arational decision. Amanager, who uses each level of the classical model should
protect himself/herself against unjusitfied assumptions and mistakes. According to this
model, decision making process includes six steps. (Table 1)
Step Details
1. Rrecognizing and defining the decision Some stimulus indicates that a decision must be made.
situation The stimulus maybe positive or negative.
Both obvious and creative alternatives are desired. In
2. Iidentifying alternatives
general, the more important the decision, the more
alternatives should be considered.
Each alternative is evaluated to determine its feasibility,
3. Eevaluating alternatives
its satisfactoriness, and its consequences.
Consider all situational factors, and choose the alternative
4. Selecting the best alternative
that best fits the managers situation.
The chosen alternative is implemented into the
5. Implementing the chosen alternative
organizational system.
At some time in the future, the manager should ascertain
6. Following up and evaluating the
the extent to which the alternative chosen in step 4 and
implemented in step 5 has worked.
Table 1. Steps in the rational decision-making process
Source: R.W. Griffin, Podstawy..., op. cit., p. 291

Apart from the classical model, there are also other models which refer to the
rational theory. Among them there are:

Altman, Vakenzi, Hodgettss model (iconological model)

Robbinss model,
Sutherlands model,
Holts model.

These models are variations which differentiate them from the classical model.
K.Bolesta-Kukuka suggests that in this context it is impossible to say about the only one
model based on rationality. What is more, it seems that each autor who discusses this
subject creates anew different approach to the model14.
Summing up, it is worth to emphasize that managers rarely make their decisions
according to indications included in the models. It means that these models have only
anormative character. Additionally, K. Bolest-Kukuka indicates thattheexistence of sev-
eral different models of rational decision making means thatisimpossible to define the
one perfect methodological rationality15. Thesemodels also do not explain why manag-

K. Bolest-Kukuka, Decyzje, op. cit., pp. 41-42.
Ibid., pp. 48-50.
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ers do not follow indications included inthe models. The above mentioned disadvantag-
es of the models do not deny theirexistence. They are attractive considering indication
to the basic intellectual operations connected with an attempt to problem solving. These
models arealsoused in some areas of management. Using them brings results in solving
these problems which can be separated from acomplexity of real situation, andinthe
case of decisions for which amanager may accept only one criterion ofchoosing asolu-
tion from many alternatives.

3.2 Behavioral theory of managerial decision-making

Created by the classical model of decision-making the image of amanager who

ismaking logical and rational decisions does not cohere to the managements practice.
As some reaserchers point only 20% of decisions is made with the use ofrational deci-
sion-making methods. That is why, while perceiving imperfections ofrational models,
management theorists elaborated alternative models of the decision-making process
which are called behavioral models.
Behavioral models, unlike rational models, have adescriptive and explanatory
character, instead of a normative one. As far as definition of rationality is concerned,
behavioral models are divided into: bounded rationality models (perfect rationality
istheir point of reference) and heuristic models (they do not refer by no means toalgo-
rithms and rigors of rational models).
In bounded rationality models the decision-maker is limited by his/her value sys-
tem and unconscious reactions, skills and habits. That is why, in this case, rational model
is treated as apoint of reference, while presenting deviations from alogical andrational
decision process. While making adecision on the basis of these models, the manager
uses the same algorithm as the rational manager. The difference isthat, his or her acting
on each level of decision making is worse than the rational managers acting. In literature
the main models of bounded rationality are:

H. Simons suboptimal model (administrative model),

Moorhead-Griffins practical model.

Both models question usefulness of fully rational models to real processes inman-
agement. Simons model has more descriptive character than Moorhead-Griffins model.
Moorhead-Griffins model includes in its construction mitigated assumptions which have
anormative character. What is more, in Simons model amanager takes limitations not
at all consciously. Moorhead-Griffins model ontheother hand, presents amanager who
is aware of limitations and who analyzes them in apractical manner. Simons model (ad-
ministrative model), because ofitshistorical priority, is described more precise below.

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H. A. Simon (Nobel winner in economics) was the creator of the administrative

model. He was also the first one who introduced bounded rationality into the theory
ofmanagement. In his model, Simon noticed that managers do not use in practice mod-
els of full rationality, because in managerial practice they are forced to make decisions
in limited conditions, both psychological and organizational. Additionally, H.A. Simon
assumed that the manager does not aim at optimalization butatsatisfaction. The way od

decision-making according to administrative model ispresented on Scheme 4.

Scheme 4. Administrative model of decision making
Source: R.W. Griffin, Podstawy, op. cit., p. 295

Thus, administrative model assumed that a manager who makes a decision

hasandincomplete and imperfect information, acts in accordance to bounded rational-
ity, and he/she is satisfied with the first possible solution.
The second group of behavioral models, that is heuristic models, has nothing
todowith algorithms of models based on rationality. These models arethetheoretical an-
swer to the situation in which the managers do not base onrational models or bounded
rational models while making decisions. In this situation the managers do not use any
behavioral algorithm. Suchadisordered way of decision making is presented in heuristic
models. Inliterature there are several varieties of heuristic models, among them there are:

Janis-Manns conflict model,

Charles Lindbloms incremental model,
model of ,,implict favourite (retrospective),
,,garbage can model.

Janis-Manns conflict model is described below in order to present the essence

ofheuristic models. In conflict model I. Janis and L. Mann emphasize that thedifference
between managers decisions which result from the rational model and management
practice has its roots in emotional reasons. Amanager intheprocess of decision-making
is afraid of changes connected with anew situation. That is why, there is aconflict in his/
her psyche. In the process of decision-making he/she aims at mental optimum, that is
acompromise solution whichcombines advantages of the previous state and new ad-
vantages which appear while making adecision.
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As astarting point of the process of decision-making, the authors of the conflict

model assume noticing disadvantages of the present situation and finding new solu-
tions. Amanager thinks about the possible losses of leaving the present situation with-
out any changes. This is called the first recognition. If starts which result from thelack
of acting are slight, he/she does not take up further actions. In the opposite situation
amanager enters into the next stage of decision-making, that is the second recognition.
He/she answers questions about what can be lost by changing thepresent situation. If
he/she does not loose anything significant after taking adecision, the decision can be
made. In case when decision-making is connected with losses of something important,
he/she starts the third recognition, which leads tofinding the best alternative solution
(which is not connected with the loss of a given advantage). In the third recognition,
amanager search for information about alternative solutions. If information confirm that
there is no alternative, amanager makes adecision regardless of risk. When gathered
information makes it possible, amanager has to estimate whether he/she has enough
time to look for abetter alternative. Under time pressure in ahurry, amanager makes
adecision whichintroduces changes.
According to the analysis of the next stages, a manager bases on incomplete
information in the process of decision-making. What is more, there is no stage inwhich
amanager can generate other alternatives. Thus, I. Janis and L. Mann called this model
defensive avoidance decision-making model.
Summing up, it is worth to point at the descriptive character of behavioral mod-
els (both bounded rationality models and heuristic models). It can be concluded that
amanager often is an irrational being when he/she applies non-economical values such
as emotions and intuition in his/her choices. That is why, these models, incontrary to
rational models, present abetter view on decision processes inacompany.

4. Management information as abase of decision-making on the different

levels of management

Information supports decision processes in acompany by estimating risk andre-

ducing uncertainty of conducted operations. Well made decision has at least 80% of infor-
mation, 10% of inspiration and 10% of managers intuition16.
Management information is aspecial kind of information which is distinguished
from other types of information by the criterion of usefulness in management. It should
beconnected with arealization of four basic functions of management: planning, orga-

J. Penc, Strategie zarzdzania. Perspektywiczne myslenie. Systemowe dziaanie, (Warszawa: Placet, 1994), pp.
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nizing, directing/leading, controlling.

Types of management information:

factographic information it includes descriptions of events, processes andobjects

in acompany or in its environment;
normative information it includes regulations, codes, and rule books valid
structural information it describes and characterizes structures (relations) ofevents,
processes and objects; it is included in schemes of organizational structure;
taxonomic information it defines manners of ordering, classifying, distinguishing,
procedural information it includes operating procedures valid in acompany; it is
included in machines and devices manuals, economical models, statistical patterns;
semantic information it includes definitions or interpretations of concepts used in
business and management.

In connection with the popularization of information technologies, relationships

between real and information processes is changing. Real processes triggers off infor-
mational processes (informational processes loose their derivative character towards
real processes). Informational processes become carriers of real processes, e.g. electronic
ventures carried out in the Internet, such as non-cash transaction, electronic stock ex-
change or electronic consulting.
Informational processes in management enable:

coordination and regulation of real processes;

coordination and regulation of other processes which occur in acompany, such as
manufacturing and management;
asymbiosis of informational and real processes;
an effective communication between a company and the environment through
information flow.

These informational processes are characterized by their organizational, techni-

cal, technological and social values. These values are integrated with the real processes.
Managerial staff has to cope with adifficult problem, that is estimation of information
value, since it is impossible to make the one obejctive and unambiguous estimation of
informations value.
There is arelationship between the development of information management
andthedevelopment of IT. These are elements of information systems ofacompany.
There is aproblem of estimation of information value, since it is impossible to objectively
and interchangeably estimate information value.

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Obstacles in efficient information management are following:

ignorance and incompetence of employees,

irregularities in acompanys information system,
limited availability of informations sources,
the lack of resources for the development of companys information system.

In practice, gathering of information which are not essential/unwanted lasts until

managers are paralysed by the number of them. It may lead to astrange situation when
amanager analyzes given information and conducts special analysis todiscover what is
actually happening. That is why, it is essential to have asuitable system which constantly
gathers, orders, processes and analyses information. Thisisthe role of Informational Sys-
tem17. Informational system (IS) is strictly connected with the system of management,
that is why it is sometimes described asinformational system of management.
IS is amulti-level structure, which enables auser of this system to the transfor-
mation of particular entering information into escaping one with the use of appropriate
procedures and models. When information is gathered particular decisions can bemade.
Thus, it is acollection of elements connected with each other. They areresponsible for
gathering, processing, and transferring information in order to support processes of
decision-making and control, and to support coordinating, analytical and presenting ac-
tions in acompany18,19.
Arange and aform of information systems realization depend on characteristics
ofeach company. Moreover, successful realization of information systems function influ-
ences decision making processes in acompany.
Characteristics of information system:

Apossibility of collecting and storing of data which are essential in transferring useful
information in supporting decision processes;
Providing information on time to the right person in aproper form;
Providing information with the use of various communication channels;
Ease of service and access to information;
Protection against break-in and uncontrolled access;
Reliability of functioning.

Thus, is of acompany enables and supports realization of economic processes

which take place in other subsystems of acompany, that is subsystems ofmanagement

J. Kisielnicki, H. Sroka, Systemy informacyjne biznesu. Informatyka dla zarzdzania, (Warszawa: Placet, 2005), p.18.
K. Laudon, J.P. Laudon, Essentials of management informations systems, Prentice Hall, 6 edycja, 2005, p. 20-60.
A. Nowicki (ed.), Wstp do systemw informacyjnych zarzdzania wprzedsibiorstwie, (Czstochowa: Wyd.
P. Cz., 2005), p.18-29.
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and manufacture. IS ensures gathering of proper data, andinformation about each states
and elements of acompany, anditmakespossible to make right decisions.
Supporting decision-making by gathering necessary information is arare phe-
nomenon among small and medium enterprises. About 17% of enterprises in2009 did
not search for and did not use any type of strategic information. Only in9% of cases
there is a separate position or department responsible for a business strategy20. Data
are not optimistic; however, one should expect changes inthenearest future which will
improve this situation. We are observing the increase of awareness of purposeful acting
among staff management in the Polish enterprises. It results from their active participa-
tion in situations analysis anddecision-making.
Our managers cannot concentrate only on productivity, that is making things
right, but they should also include in their decisions aspects of efficiency, that is making
right things. Managers do not think enough about the companys future because there is:

more thinking in terms of functionality (in terms of sections and functions);

thinking in terms of everydays crisis (managers attention is concentrated onsolving
of current problems; they have asimilar role to firefighters - they put out the fire);
fatalistic thinking (managers are of the opinion that the future of their companies is
determined by external factors which they cannot control, thus they feel that they
are excused from strategic thinking);
self-satisfaction thinking without worrying about the tomorrow.

Graph 1 presents informations acquistion by small and medium enterprises inPoland.

Graph 1. Informations acquistion by small and medium enterprises in Poland

Source: own study based on: S. lusarczyk, Aktywno, op. cit., p. 177

Strategic information, actively sought by small and medium enterprises, concen-

trate to a high degree on the competitive surroundings (customers, disributors, com-
petitors, etc.) instead of acompany macro-environment. Alevel of interest instrategic

S. lusarczyk, Aktywno marketingowa maych irednich przedsibiorstw, (Warszawa: wyd. Poltext, 2009,
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information (companies declarations) is presented on graph 2.

Graph 2. Alevel of interest in strategic information (enterprises declarations) (in %) in Poland

Source: own study based on: S. lusarczyk, Aktywno, op. cit., p. 187

In the current situation in Poland strategic thinking is as essential as effective op-

erational management. It should be emphasized that both leadership and strategy are
connected with companys effectiveness (achieving goals). Management ontheother
hand is connected with efficiency.

5. Group decision making issues

Contemporary organizations are characterized by decisions made by groups

instead of individuals. In this paragraph selected theoretical aspects of this essential
tomanagement subject are discussed, with both its advantages and disadvantages
Firstly, it is worth to show the difference between group decision support and
group decision making. As K. Bolesta-Kukua suggests, group decision support appear
inasituation when asingle decision maker is surrounded by advisers whose role isto
achieve better results21. In group decision making, agroups tasks have mainly opinion
forming character and analytical character. In this case, it is an idividual decision mak-
er, who is responsible for possibile negative effects of the decision made. This type of
groups involvement in decision process can be found in socially-political life, where po-
litical decision makers are surounded by groups of experts ofagiven field. In this case
group decision support, according to rules of political marketing, has to be asource of
social approval of decisions made by prime ministers, ministers, or presidents, especially
when these decisions are related todifficult social matters. Group decision making on
the other hand, is aformula, inwhich it is agroup who make afinal decision. This special
formula is strictly connected with the democratic system, but it is unknown in the busi-
ness practice. Itis mainly used during gathering of partners in alimited company, or dur-
ing general gathering of shareholders of join stock company. In the context of the Polish

K. Bolesta Kukua, Decyzje, op. cit., p. 275.
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economy, in which powerful market of companys shares turnover is built systematically,

the number of strategic managerial decisions made according to this formula will be
definitely bigger in the future. It will also result from the more andmore distracted struc-
ture of shareholding.
Other concept of the division of decision-making processes, as far as groups
areconcerned, is presented by R.W. Griffin. While classyfing group decision-making for-
mulas, he divided them into:

interactive groups and teams,

delphi groups,
nominal groups22.

Interactive groups and teams main characteristic is that participants discuss

their standpoints, argue, present their points of view and arguments. As R.W. Griffin em-
phasizes, this leads to the creation of new creative solutions and ideas23. Thisformula has
adisadvantage it requires a lot of time to spend on decision process.
Delphi group on the othe hand, is structured in order to gain judgements of
a number of experts involved in a decision process. Experts are chosen/selected ac-
cording totheir experience or theoretical knowledge of agiven branch. While working
in groups they do not meet each other and their common opinion is like an average
of their opinions. Considering the division into programmed decisions (routine deci-
sions) and non-programmed decisions, delphi group should be used in acase ofnon-
programmed decisions, because of its logistic and temporal demands.
Nominal group has characteristics of both above mentioned groups. Participants
ofnominal group meet each other (in contrary to delphi group), but they do not have the
possibility to make acasual discussion, which is acharacteristic of nominal group. R.W.
Griffin emphasizes the role of this group in creation of innovations andcreative concepts
of acompanys activity24.
Application of the above mentioned different groups in management has sever-
al advantages, but it can also be asource of misunderstanding, which may lead tomak-
ing awrong decision. The first advantage of using group decision-making isanacess to
larger amount of information and knowledge resources. It seems to be extremely es-
sential in the high level of knowledge specialization. It is difficult toimagine amanager
who will be the expert of each field connected withthecompanys activity. Additionally,
group working generates more possible solutions to a given problem.25 The essential

R.W. Griffin, Podstawy, op. cit., pp. 300-302.
Ibid., p. 301.
Ibid., p. 301.
N.P.R. Maier, Assets, Liabilities in Group Problem Solving: The Need for an Integrative Function, [in]: J.R. Hack-
man, E.E. Lawler III, L.W. Porter (ed.) Perspectives on Business in Organizations, wyd. 2, (New York: McGraw-
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benefit of group decision-making is also ahigher degree of decisions approval (in theory
this concept was explained inVroom-Yetton-Jagos model26). It may also help to improve
communication inacompany, and accoording to the research conducted by J.H. Davis, it
results inbetter decisions in acontrary to decisions made by individuals27. Disadvantages
ofgroup decision-making are higher costs, longer time of duration, or results ofgroup


The process of making managerial decisions in a company, as a crucial issue

inmanagement, has became the subject of numerous theoretical disputes. Inpractice,
managerial decisions decide about the companys nature, and shape its future and its
image. In theory, this process is analyzed from the point of view ofdifferent theoretical
assumptions and purposes.
The practice of management shows how different decisions and processes ofde-
cision-making could be. Managerial decisions are different as far as different conditions
are concerned. It is worth to emphasize that nowadays the companies environment is
changeable, that is why conditions of certainty are rare. From thepractitioners point of
view, it is worth to point at the difference between programmed and non-programmed
decisions. Aproper classification is asource ofsavings of companys resources.
Simultaneously with the practice, models of decision-making process were cre-
ated inthe theory of management. In literature there are two groups of models, rational
models and behavioral models. Both groups present different approach totheprocess
of decision-making. Beside this difference, many theorists emphasize that both groups
of models may be applied in order to better understanding ofdecision-making process.

Hill, 1983), pp. 385-392.

This model was presented in: V. Vroom, A. G. Jago, The New Leadership: Managing Participation in Organiza-
tion, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 1988.
J.H. Davis, Group Performance, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass, 1969.
I. L. Janis, L. Mann, Decision Making. A Psychological Analysis of Conflict, Choices and Commitment, Free
Press, New York.
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Decision Making Process in Management

Tomasz minda

Tomasz minda, PhD

Lublin University of Technology, Poland

Managing the innovative activity of enterprises

affiliated to formal structure of cluster


Faced with the modern demands of improving the competitiveness andinno-

vativeness, cooperation of business with science sector is being very actively supported
by promoting model of knowledge-based economy. It was emphasized on the role of
development of regional network structures, among which the concept of clusters has
become especially popular. The notion of acluster was attributed many different mean-
ings and less or more synonymous terms were introduced into literature. Although the
concept of acluster has recently gained such popularity among economic theorists and
practitioners, the idea of supporting clusters itself still remains the subject of debate. The
concept of clusters intheworldwide literature was popularized by M.E.Porter. However,
proposed byM.E. Porters Diamond, as the most popular explanation of the emergence
anddecline of clusters is not atool of analysis of cause and effect, which would enable
understanding of the development of network relationships between firms andtheir im-
pact on businesses.
In the last decade, throughout the European Union there have been numer-
ous cluster initiatives, which led to the creation of formal structures, sometimes taking
theform of cluster agencies with management and organizational structure. Thisphe-
nomenon also affected Poland. Even in 2005, the OECD report on economic clusters
in Europe pointed to the lack of cluster structures in Poland,1 in 2006 ateam led by E.
Bojar has already identified 43 clusters and cluster initiatives in Poland2 and in 2011 the
European Cluster Observatory identified 246 clusters in Poland3. Inthis article the author
conducts theoretical considerations about the thesis, that the formal structure of the
cluster may be used to manage of innovative activity of enterprises affiliated in such
OECD, Business clusters: Promoting Enterprise in Central and Eastern Europe. Summary in Polish, 2005, p. 5,
E. Bojar, J. Bis, Czynniki zagraajce klasteringowi efektywnemu kreowaniu i funkcjonowaniu klastrw
gospodarczych wPolsce, [in:] E. Bojar, ed., Klastry jako narzdzia lokalnego iregionalnego rozwoju gospodarczego,
(Lublin: Politechnika Lubelska, 2006), p. 182.
3, from: M. Dzieranowski, Raport otwarcia nt. polskiej polityki klastrowej,
(Warszawa:Polska Agencja Rozwoju Przedsibiorczoci, 2011), p. 11.
Managing the innovative activity of enterprises affiliated to formal structure of cluster

1. Theoretical basis for innovation management

Currently, one of the most desirable features of businesses is innovativeness.

Thisapplies both to individual companies and their wider communities considered atlo-
cal, regional or national level. With regard to the region or even the whole economy in-
novativeness means the sum of innovativeness of businesses.4 Generally innovativeness
is defined as the ability to seek, implementation anddissemination of innovation.5 The
concept of innovation includes all that isassociated with the creation, development and
application of new knowledge inorder to gain competitive advantage.6 Contemporary
interpretation of essence ofinnovation emphasizes its process nature. Innovation pro-
cess can be defined asaset of activities involved in the creation and first introduction to
the practice ofnew technical, technological, organizational or marketing ideas7.
The perception of the innovation process has evolved with the change of percep-
tion of the nature of innovation. It resulted in combination of features of the interactive
model (external and internal interactions, feedback), network model (networks withsup-
pliers, customers, competitors) and the integrated model of innovation. Inrecent years
the importance of knowledge co-created and shared, that being thesubject of manage-
ment determines the successful completion of the innovation process. Increasingly, the
basis for innovation is the implementation by the various joint ventures based on coop-
eration and relationships that lead to the flow of tacit and explicit knowledge8. Under the
new approach, the process of innovation is theresult of interaction and learning by trials
and errors and accumulation of specific and interdisciplinary knowledge.
It is now widely recognized that the innovation process is not carried out in
conditions of isolation from the surrounding businesses, on the contrary, innovations
have become amore networked process, less dependent on the behavior of individual
companies9. In this sense the innovation is becoming more strongly networked andin-
tegrated process in which the number and importance of horizontal linkages isgrowing
(i.e., linkages in the form of cooperative relationships, strategic alliances for research and
development and new product development) as well as the number and importance
of vertical relationships between firms, while in this point the most important are rela-
B, Bojewska, Zarzdzanie innowacjami jako rdo przedsibiorczoci maych i rednich przedsibiorstw
wPolsce, (Warszawa: Szkoa Gwna Handlowa, 2009), p. 48.
A. Pomykalski, ed., Innowacyjno organizacji, (d: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Wyszej Szkoy Kupieckiej,
2009), p. 8.
A. Pomykalski, Zarzdzanie innowacjami, (Warszawa-d: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 2001), p. 35.
A. Stachowicz-Stanush, A. Sworowska, Analiza sieci spoecznych jako narzdzie diagnozy przepyww wiedzy
wprocesach innowacyjnych, Konferencja Innowacje wZarzdzaniu iInynierii Produkcji, Zakopane 2011,
p. 352.
A. wiadek, Determinanty aktywnoci innowacyjnej w regionalnych systemach przemysowych w Polsce,
(Szczecin: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczeciskiego, 2008), p. 12.
Tomasz minda

tions with suppliers, users and customers10. In todays economy, the ability to innovate
depends not only on the ability of individual business entities. They are derived from net-
work-structured system of cooperation. This system of co-operation is based on spatial
proximity considered in the regional or national level, depending on the chosen point of
This interpretation of the innovation process, justifies the creation of systems
that include enterprises and other entities from their environment. This issue is devel-
oped in the literature on issues of innovation systems. In the literature, special attention
isdevoted to business interactions with the environment, occurring at the level ofsector,
region or even country11. Publications in this field indicates thatthestronger the links
between different areas of work involved in creating value, the more important is the
coordinating mechanism, able to manage the exchange ofinformation, which is becom-
ing inextricably linked with the innovation process andthe process of mutual learning of
actors involved in this process.
Process nature of innovation, is areference point for the works focusing onin-
novation management. S. Kwiatkowski and L. Wasilewski noted that theinnovation as
aprocess, is subjected to management. Management in this context boils down to im-
pact more on process than on individual behaviors12. Thisapproach is clearly highlighted
in the definition of innovation management, which can be found in the work of W. Janasz.
According to him innovation management means influencing on the course (direction,
scale and intensity) ofinnovation process that result in desirable changes13. This definition
treats innovation management very broadly without limiting it to the management func-
tions performed at the enterprise level. W.Janasz writes about innovation management
asthe management of scientific and technical progress, which is afunction ofeconomic
and financial system, educational policy, industrial and technology policy14. B. Bojewska,
also emphasizes that process nature of innovation determines innovation management,
however, she limits the scope of this management tothelevel of enterprise. In her view
management functions such as planning, organizing, motivating and controlling refers
to the innovation process, whichincludes team activities involved in creation and first
use of new ideas15. Inorder to more strongly emphasize the relationship between the in-

M. Reichel, Potencja innowacyjny Polski poudniowo-wschodniej wstrukturach subregionalnych, (Nowy Scz:
Pastwowa Wysza Szkoa Zawodowa, 2006), p. 16.
T. Andersson, S. Schwaag Serger, S. Sorvik H.E. Wise, The Cluster Policies Whitebook, IKED, 2004.
S. Kwiatkowski, L. Wasilewski, Rola innowacji w rozwoju polskiej przedsibiorczoci (w sektorze prywat-
nym i pastwowym), Konferencja Raport o zarzdzaniu, (Warszawa: Wysza Szkoa Przedsibiorczoci
iZarzdzania im. L. Komiskiego, 1998), p. 6.
W. Janasz, K. Janasz, A. wiadek, J. Winiewska, Strategie innowacyjne przedsibiorstw, (Szczecin:
Wydawnicto Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczeciskiego, 2001), p. 291.
B. Bojewska, Zarzdzanie..., op. cit., p. 197.
Managing the innovative activity of enterprises affiliated to formal structure of cluster

novation management and innovation process localized in the enterprises, B. Bojewska

uses the term management of innovative ventures that depends on the effective plan-
ning of new undertakes, creation of organizational structures conductive to innovation,
motivating for innovation, monitoring the achievements of objectives andeffectiveness
of innovative ventures16. Management of innovative ventures inpractice is the same as
management of innovative projects17. F. Krawiec defines it as the application of scientific
methods and analytical tools for decision making bymembers of the management of
the enterprise and operational managers responsible for achievement of project goals.
Management of innovative projects isabout identification and optimization of resources
for successful completion ofproject18. In essence, the management of innovative proj-
ects is anarrower concept than the innovation management, because it is only one of its
instruments19. More precisely innovation management is defined by A. Pomykalski, who
states thatit is based on the available resources exploration of these types of innovations
that make that the innovation process becomes more effective in confronting thechal-
lenges that the market, competition and the customer put in front of thecompany20.
Such market-oriented focus of innovation management can also be seen in the
work of A.H. Jasinski, but more attention he paid on astrategic approach totheman-
agement, stressing that the essential element of management the innovative activity
is to develop and implement innovative business strategies21. J.Baruk also writes about
the innovation management, but he treats them inthecontext of managing research
and development activities. In his opinion, in this context it should include the choice of
anew technique, technology, work organization, the issues of acquisition of new solu-
tions and arange of possible ways to use them, including legal, financial, administrative,
social, structural andprocedural, environmental, and strategic22.
The authors mentioned above in their works use the term innovation manage-
ment interchangeably with innovative process management. In the works devoted toin-
novation management, you can also find synonymous terms: management through in-
novation23 and innovation-based management24. They appear asamanagement focused
Ibid, p. 207.
A. H. Jasiski, Zarzdzanie innowacjami, Przegld Organizacji, No. 11/2006, (Warszawa: Towarzystwo
Naukowe Organizacji iKierownictwa, 2006), p. 13.
F. Krawiec, Zarzdzanie projektem innowacyjnym produktu iusugi, (Warszawa: Difin, 2001), p. 28.
A. Hidalgo, J. Albors, New innovation management Paradigms in the Knowledge-Driven Economy, [in:] H,S,
Mostafa., M.K. Tarek, ed. Management of technology innovation and value creation. Selected Papers from the
16th International Conference on Management of Technology, (Miami: World Scientific Publishing, 2008), p. 9.
A. Pomykalski, Zarzdzanie., op. cit., p. 74.
A.H. Jasiski, Zarzdzanie..., op. cit., pp. 11-13.
J. Baruk, Zarzdzanie wiedz iinnowacjami, (Toru: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszaek, 2006), p. 139.
K. Kmiotek, Zarzdzanie przez innowacje, [in:] J. unarski, ed. Zarzdzanie innowacjami. System zarzdzania
innowacjami, (Rzeszw: Politechnika Rzeszowska, 2007), p. 56-57.
J. Baruk, Zarzdzanie wiedz..., op. cit., p. 135.
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on company development in which innovations aretreated as anecessary condition for

the survival of the company in acompetitive environment. Management through inno-
vation is aimed at creating favorable conditions to the use of staff skills to generate and
foster innovation.
In the literature you can find the view that the complexity of the innovation
process requires asystemic approach to management25. This systematic approach can
befound in the works and definitions of J.I. Durlik26 and J. Penca27, however, theauthors
apply the term innovative management.
Innovation management can be considered not only at company level but also
atnational or regional level. In this paper, particularly important is the innovation man-
agement at regional level. A. Pomykalski claims that innovation management at this
level refers to the system of institutions that contribute to development and dissemi-
nation, and as a consequence result in assimilation of innovation in the region.28 This
author points out that at the regional level must be sought both relationships that sup-
port innovation and create opportunities or limit thedevelopment of the organization
and show that an innovative and market-specific environment is the place of the forma-
tion of innovation29. In this wider perspective, going beyond the boundaries of the com-
pany, the essence of innovation management is the coordination of many different ac-
tors in the micro andmacroeconomic dimensions. Z. Piatkowski and M. Sankowski note
thatthiscoordination is not only mechanism of causes and effects, but it is acomplex
process including information and decision relationships30.
Innovation management relating to the broader dimension of analysis (includ-
ing theeconomy and the region) is not anew concept. It has subjected to substantial
changes with the evolution of approaches to the innovation process. During thepreva-
lence of supply-side model of innovation, innovation management focused on perceiv-
ing the opportunities created by the side of science and to ensure appropriate technical
and technological capabilities by the side of companies. Theappearance of the demand
model of innovation caused the role of management has included not only assurance
the technological potential but also improvement of organizational skills, focused on
creating customer value.
In contemporary practice of innovation management, interactive nature
M. Kolarz, Wpyw zagranicznych inwestycji bezporednich na innowacyjno przedsibiorstw w Polsce,
(Katowice: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu lskiego, 2006), p. 55.
I. Durlik, Restrukturyzacja procesw gospodarczych, (Warszawa: Agencja Wydawnicza Placet, 1998), p. 18.
J. Penc, Innowacje izmiany wfirmie, (Warszawa: Agencja Wydawnicza Placet, 1999), p. 175.
A. Pomykalski, Procesy integracyjne w zarzdzaniu innowacjami w regionie, [in:] A. Jewtuchowicz, ed. Wiedza,
innowacyjno, przedsibiorczo, arozwj regionw, (d: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu dzkiego, 2004), p. 187.
Z. Pitkowski, M. Sankowski, Procesy innowacyjne i polityka naukowo-techniczna pastwa, (Warszawa:
Wysza Szkoa Ekologii iZarzdzania wWarszawie, 2001), p. 13.
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oftheinnovation process has been recognized. In this process there are constant feed-
back between the various stages of processes as well as between the actors involved
in this process such enterprises, science and government. Currently, itisstressed that
innovation should be seen as aprocess of knowledge accumulation, requiring anum-
ber of sources supporting its development31. The innovation management takes into
account demand-supply side relationship andthe relationship of macro-and microeco-
nomic environment of enterprises with their internal environment. Therefore, the role of
innovation management isacombination of the technical and technological potential
with organizational potential and providing conditions for the effective transformation
information held from market into knowledge that is necessary for innovation.
On the assumption that the relations between the actors of the innovation pro-
cess isakey factor of its dynamics, is based on the concept of innovation system, which
iscomposed of entities that generate knowledge and innovation and knowledge trans-
fer channels, which means that they form asolution which satisfies thedistribution func-
tion of knowledge for stimulate innovation32.
The concept of innovation system highlights the importance of entities involved
in the production and distribution of knowledge. The innovation system was initially
considered only at the national level33. In recent years, the increased importance ofthe
regions concept of regional innovation systems has evolved. It has been noted, that sig-
nificant part of the interaction between actors in innovation processes takes place at the
regional level. Acontemporary interpretation of scientific and technical sphere of the
economy as asystem of innovation allows us to understand thatencouraging innovation
is not only financial problem, but results from acomplex institutional34. A. Pomykalski
called these actors, that make up the regional innovation system, participants of innova-
tion management35.
Currently, innovation management researchers share the view that innovations
arise in inter-organizational networks of relationships. Therefore, innovation manage-
ment at the regional level requires the creation of networks of relationships of synergetic
effect between the R & D, business and market36. This innovative network arecooperat-
S. Szultka, P. Tomowicz, Mackiewicz M., Regionalne strategie isystemy innowacji, Niebieski Ksigi Rekomen-
dacje 2004, (Gdask: Instytut Bada nad Gospodark Rynkow, 2004), p. 10.
E. Wojnicka, Systemy innowacyjne Polski z perspektywy przedsibiorstw, (Gdask: Instytut Bada nad
Gospodark Rynkow, 2004), p. 6.
E. Oko-Horodyska, Narodowy system innowacji w Polsce, Akademia Ekonomiczna im. Karola Adamiec-
kiego, Katowice 1998, pp. 75-78; E. Oko-Horodyska, Co zNarodowym Systemem Innowacji wPolsce? [in:]
E. Oko-Horodyska , ed. Rola polskiej nauki we wzrocie innowacyjnoci gospodarki, (Warszawa: Wydawnic-
two Polskiego Towarzystwa Ekonomicznego, 2004), pp. 11-36.
K. Klincewicz, Polska innowacyjno. Analiza bibliometryczna, (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Wydziau
Zarzdzania Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 2008), p. 9.
A. Pomykalski, Zarzdzanie..., op. cit. p. 125; Pitkowski Z., Sankowski M., Procesy innowacyjne..., op. cit., p. 68.
A. Pomykalski, Innowacyjno przedsibiorstwa asieciowe zarzdzanie organizacjami wregionie, [in:] J. Bog
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ing groups of organizations (companies, universities, research bodies, financial institu-

tions, government) that produce, acquire and use knowledge and skills necessary for
the emergence of technologically complex innovations37. Taking into account that the
creation of a network does not guarantee the creation of the innovation process, be-
cause the important role is played by the quality ofcooperation within the network, as
afactor in stimulating innovation, quality andeffectiveness of social capital should be
The essence of the network model, especially in the last version of social networks,
is to look at innovation as aresult of research and interaction between the company and
other market participants, as well as the result of an additional factor of production,
which is the accumulated knowledge39. This is reflected in the concept of triple helixes
(Triple Helix)40 describing the relationship between academia, government institutions
and industrial companies. Its main objective is the effective use of these relationships, the
consequences of which will be to stimulate economic development41. In the Polish litera-
ture, this concept evolved A.H. Jasinski, based onthe model of the scene of innovation
as atriangle inscribed in acircle42. Thismodel assumes the presence of three key actors
on the stage of innovation, such as industry, science and government. A.H. Jasinski also
emphasizes the role ofuser of innovation and technology transfer units. The first play in-
spirational andverification role in the innovation process, while others are to facilitate the
flow ofscientific and technical knowledge between academia and industry.
Both the concept of the triple helix, as well as the stage model of innovation,
arerelated to the concept of cluster. Clusters are one of the tools to create networks, and
these are one of the groups of instruments of innovation management43.
The understanding of innovation as aprocess determines the method by which wetry to

danienko, M. Kuzela, I. Sobczak, ed. Zarzdzanie wiedza wwarunkach globalnej wsppracy przedsibiorstw,
(Toru: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszaek, 2007), p. 109.
R. Rycroft, Self-Organizing Innovations Networks: Implications for Globalization, (Washington: the George
Washington Center for the Study of Globalization, 2003), p. 3.
M. Nowicka Skowron, P. Pachura, T. Nitkiewicz,M. Kozak, Regional Intelectual Capital: Disentanglinga New
Concept [in:], J. Stachowicz, ed. Intelectual Capital Management in Regional Pro-Innovative Networks, (War-
szawa: Exit, 2006).
A. Rogut, S. Kosiska, B. Piasecki, Zarzdzanie innowacjami. Niewykorzystany potencja, [in:] A. Rogut, ed.
Potencja polskim MSP wzakresie absorbowania korzyci integracyjnych, (d: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu
dzkiego, 2008), p. 90.
H. Etkowitz, L. Leydesdorff, The dynamics of innovation: from National Systems and Mode 2 to aTriple Helix
of university-industry-government relations, Research Policy, No. 29(2000), p. 29;
J. Stachowicz, M. Bojar, A. Sworowska, Budowanie tosamoci regionu-nowy paradygmat zarzdzania stra-
tegicznego, [in:] E. Bojar, J. Stachowicz, ed. Sieci proinnowacyjne wzarzdzaniu regionem wiedzy, (Lublin:
Politechnika Lubelska, 2008), pp. 270-271.
A. H. Jasiski, Innowacje itransfer techniki wprocesie transformacji, (Warszawa: Difin, 2006), pp. 30-32.
European Commission, The PAXIS Manual for Innovation Policy Makers and Practitioners, Analysis and
transfer of innovation tools, methodologies and policy, (Azertia: Saatchi&Saatchi Business Communica
tions, Logotech SA, 2006).
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manage it. The continuous process of innovation motivates companies toseek external
support, so in practice, innovation management is akey element not only supply-side
and demand interactions, but also partnerships that rely on trust toeach other, create
shared knowledge and benefit in the form of synergistic andculture of innovation. In this
perspective, the importance of clusters has been increasing. Clusters favor the develop-
ment of partnerships with suppliers, customers, contacts with research laboratories or
advisory bodies.

2. The essence of the cluster

Cluster concept was popularized in the literature by M.E. Porter, but as it is em-
phasized by many authors, it derives from the concept of industrial districts byA.Mar-
shall, which is rooted in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. M.E. Porter
described the cluster as a group of interconnected companies, specialized suppliers,
service providers, firms in related industries and associated institutions (eg universities,
standards bodies and trade associations) in particular fields, competing with each other
but also cooperating44. Cluster defined byM.E.Porter is based on three main elements:
ageographical concentration ofentities, sector concentration and simultaneous coop-
eration and competition among companies that formed the cluster. These aspects are
also present inthedefinitions that have been made by other leading researchers in the
issue ofclusters,45 however, they introduced to the literature their own terms regional
cluster, economy cluster, business cluster - which today can be seen as some specific
varieties of clusters.
Aspects of both spatial and sectoral concentration of those involved in the clus-
ter andnetwork links between these entities, to alesser or greater extent, are present
inthe reference cluster definitions formulated by international institutions andorgani-
zations. Definitions of the European Commission46 emphasize theaspects of geographic
proximity. Definition of the World Bank47 emphasizes theaspects of network linkages.
Acluster is usually directly identified as the network, this approach is presented, for ex-

M.E. Porter, Grona akonkurencja, [in:] M.E. Porter, Porter okonkurencji, (Warszawa: Polskie Wydawnictwo
Ekonomiczne, 2001), p. 246.
M. Enright, Regional Clusters and Economic Development: AResearch Agenda, [in:] E. Staber, N. Schaefer,
B. Sharma, Business Networks: Prospects for Regional Development, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 1996, p. 191;
S.A. Rosenfeld, Bringing Business Clusters into the Mainstream of Economic Development, European Planning
Studies 1997, no 1, p. 4; E.J. Feser, Old and New Theories of Industry Clusters, [in:] M. Steiner, ed. Clusters and
Regional Specialization: On Geography, Technology and Networks, London, Pion 1998, p.26.
European Commission, European Trend Chart on Innovation, Thematic Report Cluster Policies, Covering
period up to March 2003, European Commission Enterprise Directorate General, 2003, p. 4; UNIDO, SME
Cluster and Network Development Branch, Working Paper No. 2, UNIDO 1999; OECD, Innovative Clusters,
[in:] OECD, Drivers of National System, Proceeding, Paris 2001.
UCTAD, World Investment Report, Transnational Corporation and Export Competitiveness, New York-Geneva 2002.
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ample by R.E. Miles and Ch.C. Snow , M.P.vanDijk and A. Sverisson49.


Sometimes the cluster is seen very narrow and its structure, is limited only tobusi-
nesses, it is present in the definition of acluster by Ph. Cook. This author consider aclus-
ter as ageographical concentration of enterprises, between whicharevertical and hori-
zontal links, they will cooperate and compete with each other within aspecific market
segment share acommon infrastructure to support local entrepreneurship and identify
with the vision of the development of the industry and region50. More often, the cluster
is widely perceived as ageographical concentration of specialized firms (mostly SMEs)
operating in related sectors, linked network of public and private institutions to support
their activity. This broad perception of the cluster structure is present also in the interpre-
tation made bytheprism of triple helixe, showing the system of links between the three
key participants in the cluster: universities, industry and administration. Model of triple
helixes combine the key players in the cluster, it is aconcept that refers tothetheoreti-
cal concept of innovation systems, which promotes the transfer ofknowledge between
interdependent actors51. E. Bojar broadens the definition ofacluster by adding two key
issues: the existence of acluster leader andtheimportance of foreign direct investment.
Based on research and observations of clusters quoted researcher argues that clusters
are akey determinant ofthelocation of foreign capital and foreign investment can play
aleading role inthecluster, thus contributing to strengthen the synergies in all aspects
of its operation52. Sometimes researchers further expanding nature of the cluster, as does
J. Stachowicz, stressing that the cluster is not so much structure, but mainly aprocess
that must be seen as aform of dynamic causal process as aprocess ofbuilding acluster
clustering53. J. Stachowicz defined clustering asthemanagement of social capital to
achieve the efficiency of this process andeffective implementation of the objectives -
venture of companies andorganizations that build cluster54.
From the scientific point of view of management, of particular interest arethedef-
initions that emphasize the organizational dimension of the cluster. Thisapproach to the

R.E. Miles, Ch.C. Snow, Causes of Failure in Network Organizations, California Management Review,
Summer 1992, p. 53.
M.P. van Dijk, A. Sverisson, Enterprise clusters in developing countries: mechanism of transition and
stagnation, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Vol. 15, No. July-September 2003.
Ph. Cooke, Knowledge Economics. Clusters. Learning and Cooperative Advantage, Routledge, London 2002, p. 121.
E. Bojar, M. Kwietniewska-Sobstyl, Klaster jako przeomowa koncepcja organizacji dziaalnoci gospodarczej
skoncentrowanej regionalnie, [in:] R. Borowiecki, L. Kietyka, ed. Przeomy w Zarzdzaniu. Zarzdzanie
procesowe, (Toru: Towarzystwo Naukowe Organizacji iKierownictwa, 2011), p. 193.
E. Bojar, Clusters the Concept and Types. Examples of Clusters in Poland, [in:] E. Bojar, Z.Olesiski, ed. The
emergence and development of clusters in Poland, (Warszawa: Difin, 2007), p.15-16.
J. Stachowicz, Zarzdzanie kapitaem spoecznym procesem organizowania irozwoju klastrw, dowiadczenia
zprac nad organizowaniem klastrw wwoj. lskim. results of the research project of KBN No 2H02D03225,
titled Zarzdzanie kapitaem intelektualnym wregionalnych sieciach proinnowacyjnych, 2006, p. 15-16.
Managing the innovative activity of enterprises affiliated to formal structure of cluster

essence of the cluster can be found in the definition ofS.Walukiewicza, , who has treated
cluster as aloose economic organization inwhich the cooperation of various partners,
results in arelatively short time synergies. P. Maskell and M. Lorenz also drew attention to
the organizational dimension of the cluster by writing about it that it is aspecific market
organization, which is structured around aterritorial link that enable to build aset of in-
stitutions that help in conducting business55. Even clearer the organizational dimension
ofthecluster was expressed by M. H. Best, who defined acluster as acompany where
individuals present are transformed into anetwork of interrelated entities related cause
and effect relationships. The core of this organization are individuals specialized in apar-
ticular activity56.
A look at the cluster through the prism of the organization allows us to treat
the cluster as a management entity. Unfortunately, the specificity of the cluster is re-
flected in the absence of the typical hierarchical organization of links. The result is that
even if in acluster, there are the bodies responsible for management, their role is more
coordination based on mutual trust rather than issuing acommand andcontrol57.

3. Cluster as an organized form of cooperation oriented

towards innovation

Theoretical implications of the process nature of innovation lead to the conclu-

sion that innovation is no longer seen only as the result of individual action. It should
betreated as aprocess in which key feature is interactivity that fosters cooperation be-
tween numerous entities. The essence of this process is learning through the use, sharing
and use of internal and external codified and hidden knowledge. Therefore, in growth-
oriented companies increasingly important role is played by their cooperation with the
environment, because it allows the use of resources coming from outside including
knowledge resources.
Short-term co-operation promotes unethical actions of competitors, because
itencourages the maximum use of apartner, with aminimal down payment.58 Soimpor-
tant is the ability to build long-term cooperation that promotes joint problem solving
and mutual learning. If the form of cooperation is considered in the context ofmanage-
ment, it should create an autonomous system, the one that creates anorganization. Such
P. Maskell, M. Lorenzen, The Cluster as Market Organisation, Urban Studies, No. 5, 2004, p. 993.
M.H. Best, The New Competitive Advantage. The Revewal of America Industry, (London: Oxford University
Press, 2001).
L. Knop, S. Olko, Ewolucja form organizacyjnych sieci wsppracy, Organizacja iZarzdzanie, Politechnika
lska, Zabrze 2008, No 1/2008, p.103.
A. Sudolska, Stan i potrzeba wsppracy przedsibiorstw w Polsce, [in:] W. Popawski, A. Sudolska, M.
Zastpowski, Wsppraca przedsibiorstw w Polsce w procesie budowania ich potencjau innowacyjnego,
(Toru: Dom Organizatora, 2008), p. 109.
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asystem of organized cooperation may be the subject ofmanagement. It is worth not-

ing that an important element in this sense istheidentity and independence, the exis-
tence of which consequently allows thesystem to interact with the environment in total
cohesion. From the standpoint ofthe modern economy, extremely important are these
forms of organized cooperation aimed to increase the in innovative capacity of firms.
Without adoubt, the form of such organized cooperation is network of companies. Gen-
erally thenetwork is defined as aspecific type of the relationship between aparticular
set of people, objects or phenomena59. J. Kay defines anetwork as agroup ofbusinesses
involved in relative contracts with each other, the one that causes recurrent and perma-
nent links60. Being in the network, companies gain access toshared resources including
knowledge and skills. In parallel with the term network organization is the expression
economic networks defined by MP Koza and AY Lewin as aform of organization involv-
ing many organizations are caused byinstrumental and individual and collective goals.
Members of this network make sense to her unique ability to create value, such as ex-
pertise or access tothemarket.61 Networks are therefore an essential element of modern
knowledge-based economy, stimulating the innovation process.
J. Cygler expands the definition of network organization, treating it as asystem
of relationships between companies, offering the decentralized planning and control
of network elements62. This author stresses that in networking good organization isim-
portant it refers to defining the principles of cooperation partners andtodetermin-
ing the rights and obligations. Strong motivation is also important. It should reduce
opportunistic activities and should be focused on acommon vision of cooperation and
coordination of partners activities63. J. Cygler draws attention tothe ability to manage
such organizations, but stresses that this process isextremely complex, and empirical
experience in this area are relatively new.
One of the most advanced and integrated forms of network are clusters. How-
ever, they are not limited to companies, because their structure includes relationships
withother entities from environment. Cooperation between enterprises and other enti-
ties registered in the environment is the essence of the cluster in the definition ofME
Porter. Klastry mog przyjmowa mniej lub bardziej sformalizowan posta. Clusters can
J. Lambrecht, The Network Position of Small Business: An Explanatory Model, Journal of Small Business
Management, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 13-25. From: B. Plawgo, Zachowania maych irednich przedsibiorstw
wprocesie internacjonalizacji, (Warszawa: ORGMASZ, 2004), p. 174.
J. Kay, Podstawy sukcesu firmy, Polskie Wydawnictwo Ekonomiczne, Warszawa 1996, p. 118. From: J.
Bieliski, Rozwj sektorw we wspczesnej gospodarce, (Gdask: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdaskiego,
2006), p. 38.
M.P. Koza, A.Y. Lewin, The co-evolution of Network Alliances: a longitudinal analysis of an international
professional service network, Organizational Science 1999, no 5. From: S. Lechowicz, ed. Komunikacja
wewntrzna worganizacjach sieciowych, (d: Politechnika dzka, 2008), p. 5.
Cygler J., Alianse strategiczne, (Warszawa: Difin, 2002), p. 161.
Ibid., p. 164.
Managing the innovative activity of enterprises affiliated to formal structure of cluster

take more or less formalized form. When considering the cluster as theorganizational
form of cooperation should be noted that in Poland, clusters can act based on one of the
following forms:64

consortium agreement;
the association;
business organization;
employers association;
the company (join stock company, limited liability company; civil partnership;
partnership, limited partnership; limited joint-stock company);
business organizations which object is the realization of projects for cooperation
between entrepreneurs and scientific institutions, schools or local government

Association can be indicated as the optional form for cluster of all of the above
acceptable forms of cooperation.65 The advantages of this solution are: low-cost legal
personality, lack of accountability of property of members, non-profit and financial sepa-
ration of the finance cluster members. An important disadvantage of this solution is,
however, difficult to manage in achanging group of members66. Ifyou treat the clusters
as catalysts for business innovation it should be noted thatthe choice of organizational
form, promoted in the Polish economic practice andliterature, can be alimiting factor
to the possibility of its use of innovation management companies operating in such an
organized cluster.
Among the various types of clusters, important in the context of stimulating
innovation companies are innovative clusters. The European Commission defines itas
acluster of independent undertakings - innovative start-ups, small, medium andlarge
companies and research organizations - operating in aparticular sector and region and
designed to stimulate innovative activity by promoting intensive contacts, sharing of
facilities and exchange of knowledge and experience, andbycontributing effectively to
technology transfer, networking and information dissemination among the undertak-
ings included in agiven cluster67. The innovative clusters promote co-operation of busi-
ness with research and science. This triggers off a significant potential for innovation,
More detailed description of legal forms suitable for clusters can be found in: P. Fabrowska, M. Halicki,
D. Kozdba, P. Piotrowska, A. Szerenos, Rozwj klastrw wregionie dolnolskim. ABC jak zaoy klaster?
Przewodnik dla przedsibiorcy, (Warszawa: ECORYS, 2009), pp. 12-20.
Ibid., p. 22.
Ibid., p. 20.
Dz.U UE C323, Wsplnotowe zasady ramowe dotyczce pomocy pastwa na dziaalnoci badawcz,
rozwojow iinnowacyjn, zdn. 30.12.2006 r.
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which is formed in such form as the spatial organization ofthe industry.

Considering the benefits of cooperation in clusters, attention is paid to the many
benefits specific to the operation of the network, including synergies. It consists inin-
creasing the effectiveness of individual actors in the cluster and cluster-wide capacity
increase compared to the sum of the potential of its components. Sources ofsynergies,
believed to be the following phenomena accompanying the co-operation:68

diffusion of know-how and staff turnover within the cluster;

productivity growth within the cluster by collecting resources;
openness to innovation and ability to absorb them;
attracting resources and new businesses.

Synergistic effects are closely associated with social trust, or even social capital.
Cooperation is now treated as aspecific element of an innovation culture, which includes
the behavior characteristic of the social community (including: flexibility, willingness to
cooperation, awareness of the need to make changes and continuous learning), creat-
ing good conditions for innovation69. Thus, an important argument forinnovative busi-
ness development is to build partnership relations withtheenvironment, and to create
effective partnerships that require perception ofmutual trust and respect through the
prism of the values. This reduces significantly the risk, including the risk of innovation,
which is important especially for small andmedium enterprises with low capital resourc-
es and weak-force to the partners. According W.M. Baumol,70 technological progress and
economic development are dependent on network cooperation and division of roles
between companies. Within this division of labor, small and medium-sized enterprises
make up innovation, and large make their commercialization. Engage businesses in the
network resulting in clusters determines the possibility of the generation, absorption
and diffusion ofinnovation.

4. Effect of clusters on innovation activities of enterprises

It was A. Marshall who noticed that clusters are conductive to knowledge creat-
ing and sharing. He expressed this observation in astatement that in industrial districts

W. Burzyski, U. Kosiewicz-Grecka, L. Kuczewska, B. Somiska, Wsppraca podmiotw jako czynnik
podnoszenia innowacyjnoci przedsibiorstw wPolsce, (Warszawa: Instytut Bada nad Gospodark Rynkow,
2008), p. 27.
P. Pionczek, Rola animatorw klastrw oraz sieci innowacyjnej wsppracy waktywizowaniu regionalnych
dziaa innowacyjnych, [in:] S. Michaowski, K. Ku-Czajkowska, ed. Przywdztwo lokalne aksztatowanie
demokracji partycypacyjnej, (Lublin:Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Skodowskiej, 2008), p. 531.
W.J. Baumol, Entrepreneurial Enterprises, Large Established Firms and Other Components of Free-Market
Growth Machine, Small Business Economics, Vol. 23, No. 1, September 2004, pp. 9-21.
Managing the innovative activity of enterprises affiliated to formal structure of cluster

knowledge is in the air71. M.S. Dahl and C. Pedersen, citing Marshalls concept, claim that
clusters are aplace where innovative entities concentrate and the reason for this is that
knowledge inside clusters flow more efficiently than outside clusters72. Also M.E. Porter
observed close connections between clusters and innovativeness of firms. Porter no-
ticed that firms operating in acluster, based on shared information on market trends, can
faster recognize and respond to customer needs. Secondly, cluster participants, based on
observations of other firms in acluster, can faster recognize and implement new techno-
logical solutions, find new suppliers and otherwise learn from others. Thirdly, M. E. Por-
ter observed that cluster participants have easier access to specialized suppliers actively
involved in the innovation process. Fourthly, Porter stated that the costs of experiments
carried out by firms operating in clusters due to propinquity of units providing technical
support andservicing are significantly lower. Finally, Porter explained mechanisms that
stimulate innovativeness of firms operating in clusters and the role that spatial proximity
of competitors plays in this process.73 Moreover, positive influence ofclusters on inno-
vativeness of firms result from characteristic to cluster structures availability of qualified
labor force and institutional support, in particular from various researcher and develop-
ment units74.
The views of the authors quoted above entitle to identify three sources of evi-
dence for positive effects on innovation cluster companies that are in them. These sourc-
es stem from the essence of the cluster and these are: the geographical proximity ofac-
tors, the cooperation between these entities and competition in the cluster.
The role of geographical proximity in the process of knowledge transfer andin-
novation is quite often analysed in economic literature75. Many authors point to impor-
tant role of social capital and confidence connected directly with this capital. On one
hand, this confidence conditions internal and external relations oforganizations and on
the other hand this confidence results from quality and intensity of these relations76.

A. Marshall, Principles of Economies, (8th edn), (London: Macmillan, 1920).
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Paper 24/2008, July 2008, glob ADVANTAGE Center of Research in International Business & Strategy, Leira
2008, p. 7.
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pp. 155-173; A. Jaffe, Real Effect of Academic Research, American Economic Review, No. 79, 1989, pp.
957-970; D. Audretsch and M.P. Feldman, R&D Spillovers and the Geography of Innovation and Production,
American Economic Review, No. 86(3), 1995, pp. 630-640; Th. Anderson, S. Schwaag Serger, J. Srvik, E.
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Z. witkowski rightly argues that positive effects of geographical proximity may not
occur when inertia and conversation of centralized structures and academic institutions
manifest themselves in alack of openness tointeractions. Then spatial proximity will not
lead to synergy effects. In such circumstances the cluster will not serve, as an effective
platform of mediation between various interests of cluster participants and will not lead
to innovation offirms77.
Very often clusters are defined based on a criterion of network connections78.
Ithappens also that the cluster is defined as an innovative network79. Than itisobserved
that networks of formal and informal interactions among operating onthe same area
units facilitate undertaking joint research and development works, facilitate knowledge
sharing and exchange of information, encourage transfer and exchange of modern tech-
nological solutions and intense diffusion of innovation80. However. M. Gancarczyk claims
that beside benefits networks can produce some negative effects as well. Among nega-
tive effects of being in network for innovative activity M. Gancarczyk lists the following

spreading worse technological solution when networks are used to stimulate

consumers and users choices;
internalization of benefits by individual firms which leads to monopolization effects;
networks generating joint innovative solutions sometimes eliminate or restrain
competition and prevent development of alternative solutions when competitors
are invited to cooperation on certain projects in order to prevent their independent
innovative activity.

In literature authors more often give prominence to benefits resulting from func-
tioning in acluster. Sometimes very radical statements can be found, according to which
being in acluster is acondition of being innovative. This view is supported by Le Bas,
who claims that clustering is asystematic element of innovation, because nocompany
is able to introduce innovations independently, because innovation cannot occur with-
out complementary strengthening innovations.81 The author of this paper disagree with

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lokalnym iregionalnym waspekcie integracji europejskiej, (Lubin: Wydawnictwo POLIHYMIA, 2005), pp. 129-130.
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this outlook. Also M. Portugal Ferreira and F.A. Ribeiro Serra82 give many examples of
extremely innovative firms that operate outside clusters83. Some researchers claim that
extremely innovative and successful enterprises that maintain close relations with their
suppliers and customers may not achieve benefits resulting from operating in acluster.
The reason for this is that firms in clusters aresubject to serious threats. Other companies
can copy their innovative technological solutions, imitate cooperation patterns, and even
attract their best employees. Propagators of this notion even express serious concerns
that the cluster can be aform of integration of non-innovative firms more susceptible
toagglomeration trends84. A. wiadek claims that empirical research cannot provide suf-
ficient and unambiguous justification of the view that firms functioning in thecluster are
more innovative than those operating outside the cluster structures85.
Innovativeness of firms functioning in clusters is one the most conspicuous fea-
tures of clusters, however, it is not necessarily the product of functioning of the cluster.
Inopinion of the author of the paper, the relationship between the cluster itself andin-
novativeness is elucidated properly in areport developed by the European Commission
entitled Regional Clusters in Europe. The report includes three hierarchical concepts86
regional clusters, regional network of innovation andregional system of innovation.
Regional clusters are at the bottom ofthishierarchy. According to the cited publication
the establishment of acluster isnot tantamount to the establishment of aregional in-
novation system which, inessence, is amore advanced form. In its report the European
Commission claims that the development from acluster to an innovation system may
not be one way to increase the innovation capability and competitiveness of cluster
firms. Authors ofthe report suggest that cluster-based policy limited to identification of
clusters andprovision of support to identified clusters will not contribute to innovation
andincreasing competitiveness of functioning in the cluster. It is essential thatadopted
cluster-based policy is oriented on transformation of identified clusters into regional in-
novation system87.
Cluster should serve to conduct an organized innovative activity based on system
solusions. Clusters acting in this way will create conditions for innovation management
at the regional level, which involves the creation of business conditions for increasing in-
novation of the firms. In particular, so understood the management ofinnovative activi-
M. Ferreira, F.A. Ribeiro Serra , Open, op. cit., 6.
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ties of enterprises is similar to the innovative process control mentioned by A. Francik88.

It involves identifying. It involves identifying andprioritizing the factors affecting innova-
tion and establishment the sequence ofactivities that use these factors to asmooth pro-
cess for innovative and conscious stimulation of innovation. It is not only widely taken
effect on the specific innovative situation, but steady development of innovative activity
of members, groups andwhole organizations in order to raise the willingness and ability
to create andinnovate.


Contemporary interpretation of essence of innovation emphasizes its process

nature. Process nature of innovation, is areference point for the works focusing onin-
novation management. It has been noted, that significant part of the interaction be-
tween actors in innovation processes takes place at the regional level. Thus, researchers
share the view that innovation management at the regional level requires the creation
of networks of relationships of synergetic effect between the R & D, business and mar-
ket. In practice, innovation management is akey element not only for supply-side and
demand interactions, but also for partnerships that rely on trust toeach other, create
shared knowledge and benefit in the form of synergistic andculture of innovation. In
this perspective, the importance of clusters has been increasing. Engage businesses in
the network resulting in clusters determines thepossibility of the generation, absorption
and diffusion of innovation.
The cluster can be viewed through the prism of the environment or the
organization which is constituted with the formalization of acluster. Looking
through the prism ofthe organization, cluster can be treated as the subject of
management. Formalized structure of the cluster form the basis of building
long-term cooperation that promotes joint problem solving and mutual learning.
In addition, the formalized cluster gain an identity and independence, the
existence of which consequently allows thesystem to be in interaction with
the environment in total cohesion. Such acluster should serve to conduct an
organized innovative activity based on an system solutions. As seen clusters
will create conditions for innovation management at theregional level.

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Managing the innovative activity of enterprises affiliated to formal structure of cluster

Korneliusz Pylak

Korneliusz Pylak
Lublin University of Technology, Poland

Management of the innovation processes in enterprises

ofthelagging regions. Lublin province case study.
JEL classification: O31, R11


Authorities, policy makers, scientists, people who really care about the regional
development are often told to establish links between science and business, tocreate
technology transfer centres, science and technology parks, clusters organisations, attract
foreign investors, establish cooperation with leading global companies to increase the
number of patent applications, etc.
Such asituation can be observed especially in lagging regions, where the level
ofbackwardness is widely described in various studies on innovation andcompetitive-
ness of economies.Just as often we have witnessed the activities carried out by the state,
which require, or encourage only well known and used worldwide solutions.
Several years of experience in the management of innovation processes in Po-
land and abroad, however, prompts us to reflect on their effectiveness. On one hand,
regions that did not have conscious efforts to innovation (such as mazowieckie1) are at
the forefront of innovation rankings (in Poland), on the other, regions which have put
their great importance to this sphere are not able to change its location.
Today we know that you can not overnight become the region based on high
technologies, and leveraging the latest trends from around the world and creating
unique knowledge. Uncritical uptake of good practice from the more developed regions,
usually ends in a waste of resources, as in the case of building R&D infrastructure, or
knowledge transfer infrastructure, which is unused or is rented onfavourable terms by
ordinary businesses creating the so-called dead capital inthe region.
In Poland2, and especially in the Lublin province, most studies analyze historical
data, showing how it was and how it is now. The conclusions and action strategies are
often borrowed from other regions, suggesting that it is enough to implement them to
achieve success. However, we find that functioning in an underdeveloped region is not

Regional Innovation Strategy for Mazovia 2007-2015 was adopted by the Parliament of the Province until
April 21st, 2008.
Strategic Advisory Group of the Prime Minister, Report on the Polish intellectual capital, Warszawa: 2008,
p. 19,, assessed September 2010.
Management of the innovation processes in enterprises ofthelagging regions. Lublin province case study.

the same as in other regions, even when compared to the western regions of Poland.
These solutions, particularly for the innovation management, simply do not work in such
conditions as it may offer less developed regions. Thus they require adifferent approach
maybe not completely different, but certainly differently organized and conducted.
The article uses the results of the survey research of 1.135 innovative andnonin-
novative entrepreneurs from the Lublin province.

1. Lublin province as an underdeveloped region

Lublin province belonging to the Polish eastern provinces is a special case

ofadisadvantaged region3, which although is not aproblematic region, the level ofits
development is at a level slightly higher (1.5 percentage points) than the EU aver-
age.Convergence regions, covered by the first purpose(and therefore less developed
regions), achieve thehighest change in the level of GDP per capita,notonly in the period
2000-2008, but also earlier (since 1988).During thisperiod,the economic development
of the EU,calculated on the basis of GDP per capita growth was caused by three fac-
tors:an increase in labor productivity, employment growth and an increase in the share
of working age in the total number of people.Analysis of sources of economic growth
showed that productivity in theconvergence regionsexceeded the EU average mainly
because their economy isundergoing atransformation from the activities of lower level
of productivity toactivities characterized by higher value added, but also with the sup-
port oftheinnovation as awhole.Hence, these regions have been awarded such good
results in this area and at the same time they achieved low growth rate ofemployment
(workers merely changing workplace).It is worth notingavery low employment rates
in these regions, which means ahigh degree of non-utilized human resources4.Such re-
gions have enormous wealth of well-educated people.While there isnt any interest or
demand from outside for not mobile resources of the lagging regions, there is astrong
demand for human capital (which when not used in such aregion can easily migrate to
more developed regions)5.
In underdeveloped regions,economic growthwas higher than the EU average
due to the transformation from the activities of lower level of productivity to activi-

In order to determine underdeveloped areas there has been used criterion for the granting of aid to pur-
pose No. one (75% of GDP per capita for the EU-27). The problematic regions (underdeveloped) used the
criterion of the average level of GDP per capita growth in the period 2000-2008 (3.9%).
European Commission, Investing in Europes Future, Fifth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion,
Luxembourg: the European Union Publications Office, 2010, pp. 23, XIII.
G. Gorzelak, Concluding remarks summary of the conference findings, speak at aconference in the Polish
presidency: Cohesion Policy and Catching-up Regions, Lublin 17-18.11.2011, presentation available on MRR
website,, as
sessed December 2011.
Korneliusz Pylak

ties characterized by ahigher added value.It turns out that productivity growth based
onsuch afoundation can not be sustainable (one can see that outputs of the more devel-
oped regions are worse, so it is increasingly difficult to maintain ahigh level ofgrowth).
This is because long-term, sustainable economic growthcan not be based solely
onincreasingphysicalcapital,raw materials, or population of people.Of course, invest-
ing in machinery, buildings, and roads will increase in the short term, but under the law of
diminishing marginal utility it will not last forever.So now in the literature there is convic-
tion thatthe long-term economic growth needs to take and advantage of science,tech-
nology and innovation in various forms and aspects.The literature demonstrates such
athesis according to which asignificant, long-term differences inthe level of individual
countries can be explained by differences in the level of knowledge, technology and

2. Barriers of the innovation processes

AlthoughPolandamong countries with similar profilehas alarger competitive

market, the level of health and basic and higher education, and the availability ofICT,
theweakness of the economyis the use of modern technologies, efficiency and attrac-
tiveness of the financial market, and especially infrastructure.An important issue is the
lack of trust in politicians, the effectiveness of law and the scale ofthewaste of public
The weaknesses of the national economy were used to develop aPolish devel-
opment challenges, which include targets for improving the functioning ofinstitutions,
building infrastructure and initiatives that create intellectual capital, innovative attitude
and increased confidence9.
In the context of the characteristics of competitive and innovative regional
economy (in this case Lublin province), the above weaknesses of the countryoverlap
withthe reasons for low competitiveness and innovation in the region,butitisalsoeasy
to see new dysfunctions (seeDiagram 1).

OECD, Regions and Innovation Policy, OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation, Paris: OECD Publishing, 2011,, p. 15.
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Strategic Advisory Group of the Prime Minister, Poland 2030. Development Challenges, 2009, p.13,, assessed October 2010.
Management of the innovation processes in enterprises ofthelagging regions. Lublin province case study.

Diagram 1. Causes of low assessment of the competitiveness and innovativeness of the

Lublin economy
Source: Dbowski H., Gaka D. et al., Sytuacja spoeczno-gospodarcza wojewdztwa lubelskiego
1999-2009 [socio-economic situation of the Lublin region from 1999 to 2009], Research Report, Institute
for Structural Research, Warszawa: 2010, pp. 24-27, /
Lubelszczyzna_2020_Sytuacja_Spo%C5%82eczno_Gospodarcza .pdf, assessed October 2011

Lublin province obtains (as well as other eastern Polish provinces), alow rating
ofcompetitiveness (14 position in the country), while in the case of innovation achieves
the average score of 9th place in the country. Strong aspects of the competitiveness ofthe
region concern the supply side of the labor market high economic activity of residents,
high percentage of people with higher education andlifelong learning people.On the
other hand, strong innovation aspects oftheregion concern high ratio of expenditures
on research and development totheregions GDP (the third position in the country), but
these expenditures areborne mainly by government and higher education sectors.
Among the weaknesses in comparison to thecountry there can be seen an iso-
lation ofthe region(weak openness of the economy, the low value of the foreign capi-
tal invested and the low availability of communication),low investment in R&D(in the
corporate sector and regarding to one employed in the sector R&D),poor research and
development infrastructure and employmentin this sector.
It is worth noting thatmany of these weaknesses is not really the root causes
ofproblemsin the underdeveloped region.
For example, for large companies investing in R&D is relatively easy, suchasmaintain-
ing cooperation with the system of science, but for SMEs it is a problem. Especially
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for less developed regions, where the business model forces ashort term of return on
investmentsand companies are not interested indeveloping innovations.Besides, there
arecultural and cognitive differences (social barriers) between the business sector and
science10.This results in poor growth in both sectors.
Similarly, the low level of innovation in enterprises, what means small percent-
age ofcompanies creating and introducing new products to market is caused by vari-
ous reasons, ranging from lack of information, lack of desire, lack of faith in the success
high risk, lack of ideas, through to lack of funding for new solutions, lack of access
toinfrastructure and technology.
We tried to identifythe real barriers underlying to the innovative process man-
agement in lagging regions.For this purpose, Lublin entrepreneurs were asked to point
the greatest barriers hampering innovation activities (see).
Comparison of barriers to innovative and not innovative enterprise groups
showed that for eachindividual barriers have different meaning and significance.The
barrier, assessed similarly, but having a substantially different meanings for entrepre-
neurs from both groups, is the failureto obtain appropriate financing.While for inno-
vative entrepreneurs it is one of the less important barriers (although when it exists
ithassignificant impact on the functioning of companies), for not innovative entrepre-
neurs it is akey barrier.
Information barriers were assessed similarly, what means that regional inno-
vation system does not provide sufficient information about the needed technology,
andalso on the market.Both barriers are of similar importance for both groups ofcom-
panies placed in the second half of the rankings:

E. Fabbri, Supporting Innovation through Innovation Poles: the case of Tuscany, presentation of the project
District+, 21st February 2012, Birmingham Science Park Aston, p. 8,
images/attachments/district/GP/007.pdf, assessed March 2012.
Management of the innovation processes in enterprises ofthelagging regions. Lublin province case study.

Innovative Companies Not
Innovative Companies
100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%

There was a high risk of failure in The cost of introducing new products
implementing the new products / / processes / solutions was much
services higher than expected

The cost of introducing new products /

Failed to obtain adequate business
processes / solutions was much higher
than expected

There was a high risk of failure in

Flexibility of regulations and standards
implementing the new products /
proved to be too small

The entrepreneur has not recorded a

Flexibility of regulations and
satisfactory response from customers
standards proved to be too small
for new goods / services

The entrepreneur does not have

The entrepreneur does not have
sufficient information about the
sufficient information about the market

The entrepreneur has not recorded a

The entrepreneur does not have a
satisfactory response from customers
sufficient number of qualified staff\
for new goods / services

The trader did not have adequate

Failed to obtain adequate business
information about the technology

The trader did not have adequate The entrepreneur does not have
information about the technology access to adequate research and
needed technology infrastructure

The entrepreneur does not have access

The entrepreneur does not have a
to adequate research and technology
sufficient number of qualified staff\

Did not occur

Figure 1.Obstacles encountered during development activities through an innovative and
not innovative companies
Figure 1. Obstacles encountered during development activities through an innovative and not
Source: own study based on PAPI research of entrepreneurs in the Lublin province [n = 662 for innovative
innovative companies.
companies, and n = 473 for not innovative companies]
Source: own study based on PAPI research of entrepreneurs in the Lublin province [n = 662 for innovative companies, and n =
473 for not innovative companies].
The above table shows that the barriers having the greatest effect on both
The are
above similar
table (only
shows occupy
that differenthaving
the barriers places), notgreatest
the to mention
bothof groups
which is crucial for not innovative companies.You can also specify: the risk of failure
similar (only occupy different places), not to mention the lack of funding, which is crucial for
in the implementation of new products, too high cost of implementation in relation
not innovative companies. You can also specify: the risk of failure in the implementation of
toplans and poor flexibility of law.
new products, too high cost of implementation in relation to plans and poor flexibility of law.
It is worth noting that while the greatest barriers for both groups are similar,
It in
is the
worth noting
case that while enterprises,
of innovative the greatest they
are for
muchboth groups
more are similar,
severe. The riskin ofthe case of
innovative enterprises, ofthey
in the implementation neware muchreferred
products more to severe.
three ofThe
fiverisk of failure
innovative in the
neurs, while only one in three not innovative entrepreneurs see this barrier (U=119.209,
implementation of new products referred to three of five innovative entrepreneurs, while only
p <0.001).This derives naturally from the fact that innovative entrepreneurs are much
one in three not innovative entrepreneurs see this barrier (U=119.209, p <0.001). This derives
more active in the field of innovation activities.For other barriers, the differences are not
naturally from the fact that innovative entrepreneurs are much more active in the field of
as significant, such as abarrier of planning too low costs of implementing new products,
innovation activities. For other barriers, the differences are not as significant, such as a barrier
applies to half of innovative enterprises, whilefor the not innovative entrepreneurs 10
of percentage
planning too low fewer
points costs (U=143.175.5,
of implementing new products, applies to half of innovative
p = 0.007).
for them. They mainly cause problems that can be solved immediately, or they c
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in implementing of new products (see Figure 2).
While the barriers are more common in innovative companies, their effects are
less severe for them.They mainly cause problems that can be solved immediately, orthey
cause delays in implementing of new products (see Figure 2).
Innovative Companies Not Innovative Companies
100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%

Barriers caused a delay in the

22,5% implementation of new products 11,2%
/ processes / solutions

Barriers caused serious

12,1% problems, which luckily was 7,6%
able to solve

Barriers caused problems, which

43,8% 22,8%
have been eliminated in the bud

Barriers have prevented the

implementation of the actions for
1,8% 19,9%
the implementation of new
products / processes / solutions

Figure 2. The effects of the barriers encountered during development activities by
an2. The and
innovative effects
not of the barriers
innovative encountered during development activities by an inn
Source: own study based on PAPI research of entrepreneurs in the Lublin province [n = 662 for
not innovative companies.
innovative companies, and n = 473 for not innovative companies]
Source: own study based on PAPI research of entrepreneurs in the Lublin province [n = 662 for innovative com
473 for not innovative companies].
Not innovative companies managed to remove two times less barriers than in-
novative companies (Fishers exact test, p<0.001) and two times less of them indicated
Not innovative companies managed
delays in the implementation to remove
of innovations twotest,
(Fishers exact times lessSignificant
p<0.001). barriers than
differences can be seen also in the case of barriers, which have caused serious prob-
companies (Fisher's exact test, p<0.001) and two times less of them indicated de
lems,but companies managed to solve them they were indicated by 12% of innovative
enterprises andof innovations (Fisher's exact test, p<0.001). Significant differen
8% of not innovative enterprises (Fishers exact test, p = 0.017).
Unfortunately, for one in five not innovative businesses barriers have prevented
seen also in the case of barriers, which have caused serious problems, but
the implementation of new products, processes and solutions. Only 2% of innovative
managed to solve them they were indicated by 12% of innovative enterprises and
entrepreneurs have not coped with the barriers and this prevented them from imple-
menting innovations (Fishers exact test, p <0.001).
innovative enterprises (Fisher's exact test, p = 0.017).
While the barriers are more often trouble for innovative companies, whereas
Unfortunately, one
for more
their effects are in for
acute fivenotnot innovative
innovative firms.Thisbusinesses barriers
is the reason why have pre
one in five
such companies is not innovative.
implementation of new products, processes and solutions. Only 2% of
From this statement it is also easy to trace theprocess of creating barrierstoinnovative
activity. have not coped with the barriers and this prevented them from im
Entrepreneurs willing to start innovative activity, encounter difficulties in finding appro-
innovations (Fisher's exact test, p <0.001).
priate sources of funding, partly due to poor flexibility of the rules. If they succeed in
While the barriers are more often trouble for innovative companies, whe
effects are more acute for not innovative firms. This is the reason why one i
Management of the innovation processes in enterprises ofthelagging regions. Lublin province case study.

finding the financing, it often turns out that the projected costs are much higher, or it is
likely to fail in the implementation of new products resulting from isolation. Isolation of
companies is caused by poor knowledge of the market, lack ofappropriate information
technologies, or lack of access to infrastructure. Here, innovators may also encounter
barriers to poor flexibility of standards.When entrepreneurs succeed to deal with these
barriers, they may encounter difficulties infinding staff with appropriate qualifications.
Poor knowledge of the market may lead to an inadequate response from the customers
and their lack of interest isplaced on innovation.
So we can arrange basic, primary barriers in four groups: first, the isolation
ofcompaniesresulting in alack of knowledge, lack of access to infrastructure andmany
other consequences, which we will deal with lower. The second barrier relates to low
resources, not only financial resources, but also knowledge resources accumulated by
workers.In fact, taking into account the new approach totheproduction factors, we can
say that the problem isknowledge, people andcapital.

3. Exogenous and endogenous isolation and closure of the region

Isolation and closure of the region is one of the key barriers to develop-
ment.Thismeans not only lack of resources flow from outside the region, but also the
lack of cooperation in the region.Social capital is the carrier, which transfers the informa-
tion in the regional innovation system and yet competitiveness largely depends on the
collection of new information and ideas gathered from theproximal and distant envi-
ronment.The most successful network of companies isthe one that is apart of aglobal
network, with access to global market opportunities and may employ aperson active in
professional associations andinternational networks.Thus, companies can regularly po-
sition itself referring tothe best companies in the world.Because, in general, knowledge
comes from awide variety of sources, so if the managers cast anet wider, the probability
thatthey catch the success is greater.Poorer and peripheral regions have limited access
to compare with the best as well as for innovation and markets.Without greater access,
companies are limited to learning only within their regions andaredifficult to obtain any
competitive position11.
Isolation and closure of the region contributes to the emergence of another
important issue.Ignorance of risks and the inability to compare the results with other
companies causes that thecompanies do not wish to seek informationfor decision mak-
ing.Many managers operate in the belief that their knowledge and intuition aresuffi-

S.A. Rosenfeld, Creating Smart Systems. Aguide to cluster strategies in less favoured regions, European Union-
Regional Innovation Strategies: 2002, pp. 9-10,
pdf/ guide_rosenfeld_final.pdf, assessed August 2008.
operate in the belief that their knowledge and intuition are sufficient to effective
an enterprise. On the other hand, you may find that entrepreneurs do not have t
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opportunity to deal with searching for information, which may be caused not onl
cient to effectively managing an enterprise.On the other hand, you may find that entre-
preneurs do not have the time and opportunity to deal with searching forinformation,
attributable to the entrepreneur, but also by the weaknesses of the informa
which may be caused not only by reasons attributable totheentrepreneur, but also by
transmission channels. Such results were obtained in a recent study of entrepreneu
the weaknesses of the information anditstransmission channels.Such results were ob-
tained in arecent study ofentrepreneurs in Lublin province (seeFigure 3):
province (see Figure 3):
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%

0-9 employees (micro)

10-49 employees (small businesses)

50-249 employees (medium-sized enterprises)

The company benefited from any sources of

economic information in the last two years
The company did not use any sources of economic
information in the last two years
Hard to say

Figure 3. The use of any sources of economic information in the past two years

according to the size of entities in the Lublin area
Source: 3.
Figure ZarzeckiThe
M. etuse
al (2012),
of anyFinal Report ofof
sources theeconomic
research of information
of the
the system
past project ent.
two years accordi
Regional Economic Change Management System [Regionalny System Zarzdzania Zmian Gospodarcz],
of entities
Warszawa: IBC Group in theof Lublin
for the Office area.
the Marshal of Lublin, pp. 137
Source: Zarzecki M. et al (2012), Final Report of the research of information needs of the system project ent. 'R
This example shows howSystem'
Change Management great [Regionalny
is the gulf between reality and
System Zarzdzania model
Zmian of develop- Warsaw: IB
Office of the Marshal of Lublin, pp. 137.
ment of an underdeveloped region, since 55% of the enterprises do not seek any infor-
mation.Even worse are the results ofsearching for research reports etc.
example shows how great is in
During the study of enterprises the
thegulf between reality and model of develo
Lublin province there has been verified
what institutions and if yes, how they supportbusinesses in innovative activity (seeFig-
underdeveloped region, since 55% of the enterprises do not seek any inform
worse are the results of searching for research reports etc.
The results show the importance of business environment in innovation pro-
cesses. Unfortunately, in the first place, the greatest support (for almost half of inno-
During the study of enterprises in the Lublin province there has been verified wha
vative companies) offer financial institutions and it is a financial support for themost
part.These institutions proposed the
and if yes, how they support businesses in innovative activity (see
advisory support or information only for about Figure 4).
of the respondents.Thus,
The results show in practice, support was focused
the importance of onproposing
business only funding for
environment in
investment in innovation, without advising the best solution, suited to given situation.
processes. Unfortunately, in the first place, the greatest support (for almost half o
Regional development agencies(RDAs) play also avery important role. Theysup-
port alittle less businesses, as in the case of financial institutions.However, the RDAs deliver,

apart from financial support (offered to every fifth entrepreneur), also information support.
S.A. Rosenfeld, Creating Smart Systems. A guide to cluster strategies in less favoured regions, European Union-R
Strategies: 2002, pp. 9-10, guide_rosenfeld_final.pdf, asse
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A third of innovative entrepreneur receives support from consulting

firmsthataretypical representatives of business environment, providing advisory ser-
vices (for one in five companies) and information (for every tenth).
Businesses attach great importance toother business institutions,which support
one in five companies primarily in an advisory and information.This includes arange
oftechnology and knowledge transfer institutions, agencies, law and tax firms, etc.
It is worth noting that a major boost gives local authorities almost a third
oftheinnovative entrepreneurs receives support from these institutions andthesup-
port is the most balanced (financial, advisory and information).
Much less importance in the region is given to government authorities only one
ineight companies has obtained support from the government and it is afinancial support
(eg innovation support programs) and information (obtained through the web sites).
The smallest support is given by sources of knowledge: R&D units, and par-
ticularly higher education entities, although this is mainly information and advice sup-
port.Thesupport from R&D units was obtained only by 8.8-9.5% oftheentrepreneurs,
and from higher education only 4.8-7.3% oftheentrepreneurs.

Support in the Innovation Activities Evaluation of the Cooperation with Institutions

50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 0% 50% 100%

Financial entities (funds and


Regional Development Agencies

Local authorities


Other business support institutions Good

R&D Units
Any support
Societies and associations
Financial support
The government authorities
Advisory support
Higher education
Chambers of commerce

Figure 4. The institutions that supported the innovative companies in conducting innovative
Figure 4. The institutions that supported the innovative companies in conducting innovative activit
activity and the assessment of the cooperation with these institutions
and the assessment of the cooperation with these institutions.
Source: own study based on PAPI research of innovative entrepreneurs in the Lublin province [n = 662]
Source: own study based on PAPI research of innovative entrepreneurs in the Lublin province [n = 662]
Considering the forms of support, in general innovative companies received
mostly the forms
information of support,
support (9.5%), but alittlein
lessgeneral innovative
gained other forms ofcompanies received mostl
support - finan-
information support (9.5%), but a little less gained other forms of support - financial (8.6%
and consulting (8.1%). So, overall, support of various kinds is balanced.
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cial (8.6%) and consulting (8.1%).So, overall,support of various kinds is balanced.

Studies confirm that companies are mostly in contact and support with the
diffusion channels, in particular financial institutions, consultancies and local authori-
ties.Support from the sources of knowledge is minimal, but the lowest from chambers
of commerce.
Satisfaction with the cooperation is ameasure of the benefits obtained by com-
panies and thus the sustainability of cooperation.Entrepreneurs evaluated the best
cooperation withfinancial institutions(nearly two out of three companies rated itwell),
and theRDAs- more than half of the companies assessed it as such.Morethan half of
them evaluated well the cooperation with universities, but these institutions have also
the most negative assessments (one in six rated poorly this relationship).Less than half
of the companies assessed well the cooperation with consulting firms, other business
institutions and local government authorities.
The worst was rated the cooperation with chambers of commerce(26% positive
ratings), government authorities (37% positive ratings) and R&D units (37% positive rat-
ings, but 14% negative ratings).
Studies show thatthere is adependency between undertaking the cooperation
andits evaluation. The better the evaluation of the cooperation is, the more often inno-
vative entrepreneurs committed themselves to collaborating. Exception is higher educa-
tion, with which cooperation was weak, but it gained alot of good grades, while at the
same time it received the most negative assessments.
The key to increase the percentage of entrepreneurs cooperating with region-
al innovation systems actors is to increase the level of satisfaction with the coopera-
tion.Agood evaluation of the cooperation will lead to apersistence ofexisting coopera-
tion and encourage new entrepreneurs to start cooperation withthe new institutions.

4. Management of the creation and supporting cluster initiatives

M. Porter, in his diamond competitive model of local industrial clusters, stressed

theimportance of their own resources crucial for the competitiveness offirms (natural
resources, human resources, financial resources, physical infrastructure, information, ad-
ministrative institutions, R&D, etc.).According to him, even though companies can com-
pete in the global market, they are strongly dependent not only on their own resources,
but also on local demand, related and supporting industries, and above all from the lo-
cal context and competition among local competitors who promote investments and
continuous improvements12.
To alarge extent, the work of M. Porter led theclusters to become auniform way
M.E. Porter, On Competition, Harvard Business Review Book 1998, pp. 324-325.
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ofpresenting the regional innovation policy.Recently, however, such manner ofpresent-

ing innovation systems has been criticized13.Firstly, cluster or clusters can not be equated
with regional innovation system for example, several completely different clusters not
cooperating with each other, but located in one region can not create aregional innova-
tion system.
Secondly, nowadays cluster means a lot more. First of all, attention is focused
onstrategies for how to do it (how-strategies),i.e. strategies that focus on theprocess
(learning strategies)14.It is emphasized above all the need tocreate arival bid by the clus-
ter,through which it will generate more revenue and jobs.It is very important to have
such acombination (configuration) of the specific functions and roles performed by dif-
ferent actors, and to develop an unique system of values to make such an offer15.This
configuration may vary depending on the upcoming bid (what we call the process of
re-positioning).It also emphasizes the participation ofdifferent actors including repre-
sentatives of the three sectors (business, science and authorities), what in literature is
calledatriple helix16.
Please note, that reducing the costs does not last forever and can not be the only
way to compete.The price competition with Chinese companies or products produced in
China is extremely difficult.At some point,companies need to start looking for opportu-
nities for joint making(by creating different configurations of their specific abilities).On
the other hand,reducing costsis agood way to start anddevelop cooperation between
firms, in other words this is agood starting point thatcan work in the initial phase of
the regional innovation system.This shows anexample of rural clusters in the Lublin re-
gion, which actually focus on reducing costs and maintaining high quality services, but
they have the seeds of related variety, shared specialization (based on interdependence
and complementarities, and thus a relational approach to creating a cluster) and the
potential for create bids based on acommon earning (not saving costs).However, these

V. Harmaakorpi, The Regional Development Platform Method as aTool for Innovation Policy [in:] A. Eriksson,
ed., The Matrix. Post cluster innovation policy, VINNOVA Report VR 2010:10 (April), VINNOVA Verket fr In-
novationssystem/Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation System, pp. 28-29, http://www.vinnova.
se, assessed December 2010.
D.J. Teece, Dynamic Capabilities & Strategic Management, Oxford University Press [after:] A. Eriksson, Cluster
collaboration and glocalised value creation [in:] A. Eriksson, ed., The Matrix. Post cluster innovation policy,
VINNOVA Report VR 2010:10 (April), VINNOVA Verket fr Innovationssystem/Swedish Governmental
Agency for Innovation System, p. 11,, assessed December 2010.
J. Wallin, Business Orchestration for Regional Competitiveness [in:] A. Eriksson, ed., The Matrix. Post cluster
innovation policy, VINNOVA Report VR 2010:10 (April), VINNOVA Verket fr Innovationssystem/Swedish
Governmental Agency for Innovation System, pp. 47-51,, assessed December 2010.
this term adapted to the area by Etzkowitza iLeydesdorffa, see H. Etzkowitz, L. Leydesdorff, The Triple
Helix University Industry Government Relations: ALaboratory for Knowledge Based Economic Develop-
ment, EASST Review No. 14/1995, pp. 14-19; see eg M. Bojar, The Triple Helix in Regional Development The
Role of Clusters [in:] E. Bojar, ed., Clusters. Politics, Management, Good Clustering Practices in the World, Toru:
TNOiK Dom Organizatora, 2009, pp. 60-62.
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new capabilities areto agreat extent unconscious17.

In the case of clusters based on participation of enterprises from the same industry
which are substitutable elements of the value chain, it is difficult to build abidontheba-
sis of ajoint making money (if it is not feasible, it remains to compete on the basis of
savings).Building related variety, shared expertise and offers based on ashared earning
and different configurations of roles is possible in the lagging regions in the initial phase,
but it requires the consolidation of its position, build trust and reach out to members of
the network eg by setting up an offer based on shared savings or maintaining acertain
level of service quality.
Second, starting to create an innovative environment in the region does notnec-
essarily involve the creation of clusters, can (and should) begin to build consensus and
trust between different actors. In addition, recent studies show that larger effects are
achieved through the development ofrelated variety18,which isconnected with smart
specialisation, promoted by the European Commission19.
Support for innovative processes in the region should be acatalyst forthedevel-
opment of clusters and the entire innovation system based ontherelated variety.It can
not create artificial clusters, or search for them atallcosts.Support may not cover all the
clusters, but only those that result from therelated variety.Support of clusters or clus-
ter initiatives should be designed onlyto fit their needs.If the cluster will have fulfilled
the requirements for such support, itshould be comprehensive and long-term (cluster
should have separate funds for their activities for aperiod of several years).
Supporting clustersin Poland is carried out almostthe opposite.There are pos-
sible cluster initiatives searched, then the financial support necessary for the initiation
of clusters is transmitted (resulting in the signing of agreements), and as they arise
(egthe formation of aformal partnership or company) support usually ends and they
can get the help on the same basis as other entities or other clusters20, which means that
if they not gain external funding they may cease to exist.In other countries, support for
clusters is provided even for the first 3 years21.
own work based on B. Szymoniuk, Rural clusters and their impact on regional development, presentation at
the conference Cultural Cluster of Lublin - cultural traditions and rural development, the Crown Tribunal
in Lublin, 30 March 2007, p. 6,
Klastry_wiejskie.pps, assessed July 2011.
P. Cooke, Matrix policy rationales and good examples [in:] A. Eriksson, ed., The Matrix. Post cluster innova-
tion policy, VINNOVA Report VR 2010:10 (April), VINNOVA Verket fr Innovationssystem/Swedish Govern-
mental Agency for Innovation System, pp. 75-76,, assessed December 2010.
European Union, RSI 3 Guide, draft of 12 December 2011, the manual available on awebsite: www.arit-, p. 66, assessed January 2012.
Such actions of the authorities can be seen clearly in the structure of support offered under the Operation-
al Programmes (eg the development of Polish and Eastern Europe, or the Regional Operational Programme
for the province of Lublin, although in the latter case, the selection criteria promote the applicants partici-
pation in clusters - the greatest in the airline cluster).
PARP, European Network of Excellence for the management, collaboration and promotion of clusters, the Pol
Management of the innovation processes in enterprises ofthelagging regions. Lublin province case study.

This approach to supporting clusters might entail some other risks.In addition
tothevery low survival level of asmall cluster initiatives,the idea to create them can be
away tobenefit from public funds it is sufficient that afew several companies (includ-
ing the coordinator22) sign an agreement and create acluster initiative, andcan apply for
funds. Palmen and Baron23 warn against this. They say it is easy tosign contracts and cre-
ate acluster, and much harder to continue to operate the cluster especially when many
players count on the benefits of the project, committing their time and money.Failure
can end frustration of members and loss of confidence and, consequently, may turn
against companies and the entire cluster policy.

5. Creation of new offerings based on shared earning

Regional innovation system operates on the basis of trust and loyalty to the actors
involved.Cooperation and interactions can take place between all partners.Therecan be
seen two-way flow of knowledge and other resources.What is worth noting also the
knowledge can flow between consumers and businesses, and competitors.Consumers
need to be included in the value creation process.
Consumers increasingly want to buy not only the products themselves.Travel
companies must include both hard and soft elements such as products andservices.It
is increasingly difficult to compete for market segmentation by itself, finding niches, or
creating new products.Customers need asolution for aspecific problem and get some
unique experiences - that is why they must participate intheprocess of creating bids
linking products with services.Whats more interesting, the products do not have to be
new and innovative, often enough to merge the existing products and services in an
innovative way.It is therefore necessary to havethe capacity for integration.It means
therefore to use the co-specialisation of expertiseresources and turn it into potential24.
The question is whether this approach to making an offer is accepted in lagging
regions?Perhaps adozen or afew decades ago would be difficult.Currently, theopportu-
nities offered by globalization mean thatpeople in these regions is more ready to accept
such an approach.People in the world have similar needs, butinless developed regions

ish Agency for Enterprise Development, Warszawa: PARP Publishing Office, 2007, p. 6.
see eg pilot program Support to cluster development implemented in 2007 by PARP (http://www.parp. The support for the development of the cluster. Coordinator of the cluster could
be a legal entity acting as a foundation, registered association, joint stock company, limited liability
company or business organization whose core business was the realization of projects for entrepreneurs
and business cooperation with scientific institutions, schools or local government bodies. Members of the
cluster are main players in economic development and at least 10 companies engaged in business in one
or several provinces in the same or arelated industry.
L. Palmen, M. Baron, A guide for animators cluster initiatives in Poland, Warszawa: Polish Agency for
Enterprise Development, 2008, p.10.
Eriksson, Cluster collaboration and glocalised value creation, p. 12.
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may be they are less conscious.Due to the presence ofinformation and communication
technologies and global companies in sectors such as mobile telephony, Internet, but
even in the trade sector, the society quickly becomes accustomed to the tender, which
goes perfectly to their needs and meet them.Asimple example, just with the trade, are
shopping cards, financial services, consulting and design included in the purchase price,
insurance (during transport, unpacking, and even run the equipment), and warranty ser-
vicedoor-to-door,or even providing food products to the house (on-line orders).
Combining products and services in one offeris not amatter of high tech, so-
phisticated knowledge or resources inaccessible it is aquestion of changing theap-
proach and analysing the customers needs.
Management of the innovation processes, especially in lagging regions, must
focus on changing an approach to create offers by the companies so that they combine
theproducts and services.It is vital to include in this process clients so that their needs
would be covered comprehensively.Of course, such an approach doesnt need to apply
only to one company, but companies should work together to develop an offer using
their specialties and resources.

Management of the innovation processes in enterprises ofthelagging regions. Lublin province case study.


Entrepreneurs from disadvantaged regions didnot developed aneed forknowl-

edge sharing. Companies are not willing to share knowledge, because they feel they
have sufficient knowledge to operate.
The challenge for the management of the innovation processes in lagging re-
gions, above all,is to create aneed for cooperation betweenentrepreneurs with other
entrepreneurs and actors within the network of regional innovation system.Thisrequires
building aclimate of trustbetween people and entities.
Regarding the problems of isolation and lack of cooperation in lagging regions
management of the innovation processes should first focus on strengthening links inthe
regional innovation system by using local resources, skills and economic potential cre-
ating the conditions for endogenous growth (growth poles), networking with more de-
veloped regions by means of virtual networks (institutional ties) and the mechanisms
that link local resources with global markets through the development ofdiffusion of
knowledge and resources to draw from more developed countries, toimprove the in-
novation culture, create culture of cooperation the acceptance, awareness of the inter-
dependence of development, growth, confidence and use ofpolitical and administrative
capacity, shape and build up the capacity to innovate, both in technique and technology,
as well as organizations and education lowering the difficulty threshold of making and
implementation of innovation, reduce risk anduncertainty in the innovative activity.
The key toincrease the percentage of companies cooperating with other actors
istoincrease the level of satisfaction with cooperation.Agood evaluation ofthecoop-
eration will lead to apersistence of on-going cooperation, and encourage new entre-
preneurs to start cooperation with new institutions.It turns out thatcompanies want
and work with those entities that they assess positively.Thebetter the evaluation of the
cooperation is, the more cooperation isestablished.
After creating the network there should be supported thecooperation between
companies resulting in the creationof joint offers, based on common earning.Thechal-
lengefor companies is to change the way of cooperation based onshared savings, what
means searching for similarities and exploiting economies ofscale to lower costs in terms
of product, price, promotion and distribution in to cooperation based on joint making
money, using complementary (supplementary) capabilities.Whats more, the products
do not have to be new and innovative, often enough to merge the existing products and
services in an innovative way.

Korneliusz Pylak


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Marzena Rbiasz

Marzena Rbiasz, MA
University of nformation Technology and Management
in Rzeszow, Poland

Marketing communication on the Internet as the element

of managing thecorporate image.


New trends in interactive marketing used for the purposes of widely understood
modern enterprise management are tools of creating and promoting the corporate im-
age online via building the relation with market environment and customers, purchasing
centres and employees, as well as involving them in the process of implementing the
mission and the vision of the company. The concept of interactive marketing used for the
needs of the business and image management is aphenomenon relatively new in our
country and thus attracting much attention.
Market politics in the era of globalization and the companys image manage-
ment functioning for some time now are forcing the enterprise to the unceasing care of
the image and to follow the latest trends, particularly if they worked in the United States
or Western Europe. Thanks to spectacularly growing e-marketing and internet Public Re-
lations in Poland, even the companies without personality image may become market
leaders, especially when they are using the help of specialists dealing with the interactive
industry. As aconsequence of mass media in the social life and development of broadly
comprehended marketing the company is seen through the prism of the product whose
market life should be appropriately managed.
For some time now, almost all sectors of the economy follow new solutions and
trends based on marketing communication on the Web. The strength of the Internet is
its unlimited reach, and direct contact regardless of geographical borders. Nowadays,
almost all companies have their own websites, where they place current information
concerning new products, progress and successes of the business. Having corporate or
product blogs, building customer engagement and relationship with the market envi-
ronment through social networking have also become fashionable.
Does this attempt to analyse the new tendencies as apart of Web 2.0 trend prove
to be favourable for the Internet promotion allowing both support and implement com-
municative and managerial needs of the company? The following synthesis will answer
this question.

Marketing communication on the Internet as the element of managing thecorporate image.

1. Marketing communication on the Internet, and image management.

The birth of the Internet is regarded as anew channel of communication, new

medium and it is accompanied by examples of the constant emergence of new social
interactions. The virtual community interacting online, was the culmination of detach-
ing the social life from places and the birth of the new determinants of social relations.
The era of the Internet was hailed as the end of geography and the foundation of build-
ing anew settlement, where the traditional workplace went down in history and tasks
performed from the electronic cottage allow to save time as well as engage recipients.
The Internet is anetwork of global connections and in its frames there are many smaller
systems of transmission that allow to reach millions of users1. Thanks to the Net, social
communication has entered the era of multimedia transfer, which combines different
techniques and formats. The Internet has some striking features. It is immediate, direct,
worldwide, decentralised, interactive, endlessly expandable in contents and outreach,
flexible and adaptable to alarge extent. It is egalitarian, that is - anyone with the appro-
priate equipment and moderate technical skills can be actively present in cyberspace in
order to announce ones message to the world and to demand attention. It allows indi-
viduals to indulge in anonymity, role-play, fantasize and also enter into different com-
munities and share with them. According to users, it lets both the active participation
and passive absorption by the world deprived of outside references (...). It can be used
to either break the isolation of individuals and groups or to deepen it2. Repeating the
words of Manuel Castells the Internet constitutes the tissue of our life. If todays technol-
ogy to be considered the equivalent of what was electricity in the industrial era, then
the Internet, due to its ability to transmit power of information on all spheres of human
activity, can be compared to the power grid. (...) The emergence and development of
the Internet is an extraordinary adventure in human history. Its story demonstrates the
ability to overstep the institutional purposes, overcoming bureaucratic barriers and revi-
sion of established values in the process of forming the new order. It also confirms the
view that cooperation and easy access to information are more conducive to innovation
than competition and protection of intellectual property3. In this regard, the Internet
has become an international communication link that binds in thousands of computer
networks worldwide into one system, providing access to millions of database, focusing
information on almost any topic4. Almost all government and business organizations
A.Ilcw, Konwergencja mediw aInternet, in Mediatyzacja kampanii politycznych, edited by M. Kolczyski,
M. Mazur, S. Michalczyk, (Katowice: Wyd. Uniwersytetu lskiego, 2009), p. 241.
Papieska Rada ds. rodkw Spoecznego Przekazu: Koci aInternet,
M. Castells, Galaktyka Internetu, (Pozna: Dom Wydawniczy REBIS, 2003), p. 11-19.
W. Cwalina, A. Falkowski, Marketing polityczny, perspektywa psychologiczna, (Gdask: Gdaskie Wydawnictwo
Psychologiczne, 2006), p. 439.
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in the world have their own websites allowing for contact with recipients and providing
information about their activities. This new way of communicating with the outside en-
vironment has become aconsequence of changes happening in society, generating the
results and the involvement of consumers, who over the last few years more and more
consciously participate in the market life. An important factor of this new power elite is
asteady increase of the number of Internet users. According to research conducted by
IAB Poland in 2011, the number of Polish Internauts is 15.8 million and there are 2 billion
users worldwide5.
Marketing specialists bet on the Internet also due to the rapid growth of the
online consumer market, and companies with their own websites increased their profits
significantly. The research carried out by Gemius SA in 2008 and 2009 shows that two out
of three Polish Internauts, which is 62%, stated that at least once they used the possibil-
ity of shopping online. In reference to aforementioned studies the Polish e-commerce
market can be considered as adeveloping one. About 80% of online clients intend to
continue to make e-purchases at afrequency of no less than before. What is more, 44% of
Internet users who havent done online shopping so far plan to make such atransaction
in the future6.
The growing success of the online market motivates marketing specialists to ac-
quire more customers and to communicate with them via this particular medium. For
several years now there has been aconsistently increasing interest in the Net as ameans
of promotion. Such a state of affairs is a result of technological development, growth
of network infrastructure facilitating data transfer and expansion of web applications,
strictly speaking software enabling the use of the services available on the Web.
The Internet now is mostly used for communication purposes. It is also an impor-
tant source of information and entertainment. The communication center of business
and trading platform, and thus the place of promotion7.
From amarketing point of view there is more components that make the Inter-
net appealing: the interactivity with multidirectional communication process, multime-
dianess of forms of transmission which allows to combine text, graphics, animation and
sound. Creating links between web pages. By clicking on the banner we move to the
advertisers website where you can familiarize with the detailed offer. Moreover, the In-
ternet owes its attractiveness to the high activity of users who can decide themselves on
the content displayed on their computers. Promotion on the Internet, as well as outside
it, has several significant functions: it informs, inspires to action, preserves the message
M. Lemaska, ZSieci korzysta 2 miliardy ludzi,, June 12, 2012.
June 4, 2012.
T. Maciejowski, Narzdzia skutecznej promocji wInternecie, (Krakw: Oficyna Ekonomiczna, 2003), p.14.
Marketing communication on the Internet as the element of managing thecorporate image.

and finally, is atool in the fight against the competition. It has acomprehensive function
of transmitting information and it impels to direct action, that is, for example, to place an
order, and the additional advantage here is ease of payment. What is more, promotion
embeds in the minds of the recipients apositive image of the company and its products.
Because of the multimedia and interactive nature of the Internet arate of remembering
information increases making it an important tool for achieving competitive advantage8.
Due to the richness of the above-mentioned forms the possibilities of using the Internet
in promotion are enormous.
The Internet has agreat potential, but also puts its users the bar higher and high-
er. The materials published on the Net must contain attractive content both linguistically
and visually, since they usually are evaluated only after the first few sentences. This situa-
tion has an impact on the increasing popularity of specialized agencies, offering running
Internet press offices which must provide persuasive enough material for someone to
draw attention to it. Building an image on the Internet also depends on Internauts trends
and behavior. The activity in such sites increases the recognisibility and is good for the
image. Until now, the media was dealing with spreading pieces of information and giv-
ing them aspecific meaning. Thanks to the Internet, this situation has changed. Consum-
ers (Internet users) have increasing opportunities to create their own network resources
and process already published ones. They give them new meanings and interpretations,
and communication takes place directly between users9.
The current marketing and image campaigns following the spirit of the new
trends more and more often are moving to the Internet. Entrepreneurs are blogging,
chatting, making statements on the Net and opening accounts on social networking
sites, such as Facebook. They communicate with clients and journalists by Skype, You-
Tube or Twitter. E-marketing is trying to meet the demands of new times dealing with
the use of the Internet for diverse advertising campaigns which aim to increase an inter-
est in the company and to promote its products or services to the public10.
The Internet has created huge possibilities to quick and direct contact between
the company and potential clients. What is more, marketing research shows steadily
growing interest in the implementation of an image strategy based on web tools. For
the majority of entrepreneurs, e-PR can become an instrument of effective management
of the image, and consequently, can increase sales and profits. The Internet-based com-
munication such as corporate blogs, e-mails, positioning of www pages in search en-
gines, conducting business channels on YouTube is an opportunity for the company to
directly reach the media, market analysts, consumers or business partners. In view of the

Ibid. p. 15.
A. Ilcw, Konwergencja mediw... p. 242.
10, August 3, 2010.
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constantly growing number of internet users there is no need to convince businesses to

have their own corporate websites. Searching for services, goods and business partners
on the Internet became astandard. The web page is no longer perceived only as an elec-
tronic business card, but rather as achannel for promotion and distribution. What makes
agood website is an innovative, original and fitted to corporate identity graphic design,
ergonomic arrangement for easy reach to the most important contents and site posi-
tioning in search engines. In the multitude of competition only properly prepared, visu-
ally and factually appealing website can be an element supporting the corporate image
management. At present, many companies have even dedicated online media (private
channels on YouTube) bringing up interesting issues in aparticular field and inspiring
materials for a closer look at industry discussed. Therefore, having own press office is
aprofessional and effective element in promoting both the corporate or product web-
site as well as subject matter related to the industry in online services. Such promotion
affects the consciousness of customers and expands their knowledge11.

2. Corporate blogs

Another tool of e-PR and e-marketing, supporting companys image manage-

ment is corporate blogging. The word blog refers to an online journal and is one of the
most popular Internet-related terms. The dictionary of media terminology defines it as
akind of personal website, on which the author places notes of his current experiences,
reflections and different, interesting in his view information.12 It is estimated that
today there are about 10 million blogs around the world and this number is doubling
every six months.13 Basically, blogs are one of the easiest ways for the individual to ex-
ist, self-present and communicate own opinions on the Internet. Jan Zajac writes in his
report Motivations, behaviors and views of the authors and readers of blogs that online
journals are of great importance in realizing psychological and social needs such as con-
fiding, describing feelings and significant events as well as sharing them with others. An
important part of blogging is also making and maintaining contacts or gaining popular-
ity of readers, and additionally receiving feedback through comments. Currently, thanks
to mediatisation of social life, blogs have become effective tools used in public relations
and marketing. Blogging is a form of building and creating a corporate image online
which will appeal to its readers14.
Loic Le Meur is one of the most famous bloggers in France who prepared Nikolas Sarkozys
P. Okonek, E-PR czyli jak skutecznie prowadzi PR wSieci, (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo PARP, 2009), p. 5 10.
W. Pisarek, Sownik terminologii medialnej, (Krakw: Uniwersitas, 2006), p. 18-19.
A. Turska Kawa, Blogi jako forma dyskursu politycznego, in Mediatyzacja kampanii politycznych edited by
M. Kolczyski, M. Mazur, S. Michalczyk, , (Katowice: Wyd. Uniwersytetu lskiego, 2009), p. 252.
Raport: Motywacje, zachowania ipogldy autorw iczytelnikw blogw.
Marketing communication on the Internet as the element of managing thecorporate image.

online election campaign. Afew years ago he published alist of reasons why one should
benefit from support in the form of ablog as acommunicator which is creating an im-
age. The main reason is the opportunity to get closer to potential clients and creating
abridge in order to facilitate communication with recipients, discussing with them im-
portant and current issues. By using ablog it is also possible to present ideas or projects
before their realisation, and thanks to the corresponding feedback one can get to know
public opinion. The substantial number of quoting the blog can position its address in
search engines.
According to the words of Dominik Kaznowski, taken from his essay New Mar-
keting, it is the employees that are now creating an image of the company. Blogs led
by experts in their fields telling of the work for the company are becoming acommon
phenomenon. This creates new challenges for those responsible not only for commu-
nication but also for information policy, investment, protection of information and, fi-
nally, legal departments in companies. Nowadays, companies more often have to opt for
the selection of specific solutions protecting their interests, and at the same time go on
against the new reality.15
From atechnical point of view setting up and maintaining acorporate or prod-
uct blog is not at all complicated. Much more problematic can be conducting it profes-
sionally. Not all types of firms, however, can benefit from running blogs. In managing the
image, presenting competence and building expert position, corporate blog can help
institutions operating on the basis of intellectual capital, Thus, there will be consulting-
related industries, planners and designers, architects and other companies which ben-
efit from selling its know - how. Moreover, even companies that have customers with
strong emotional associations with the brand of product or service, such as: gourmets
and travelers. The basic element is to have aloyal group of customers associated with
the particular brand who will enhance their knowledge about the products and services
interesting to them.
Corporate blogs will also help in managing the image of companies offering
products that require specialized knowledge (breeding of exotic animals, philately, pho-
tography). The company that is amanufacturer, distributor or seller may provide inter-
esting information about the industry and the products just through ablog. Running
ablog connected with afield arousing social emotions such as politics, ecology, art or
charity work is agood solution image-wise. This gives the opportunity to present com-
panys views and their reach to awider group of recipients. The corporate blog can also
be asupporting element of the image management of technological companies and the
ones offering services or products for business. If we run aservice business, it is much
more likely that potential customers will try to find information about our services, ex-
D. Kaznowski, Nowy marketing, (Warszawa: Wyd. VFP Communications, 2008), p.161.
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actly on the Internet - and there thanks to the blog they will be able to find us more easily.
The above list does not exhaust the possibilities offered by this type of network activity.
Its task is rather to show different ways and uses of blogs, than to give clear-cut answers
as to who should create them. However, before the company decides to conduct such
asite, it is worth asking yourself afew questions that may facilitate the decision and work
on the blog in the future16.
Dr. Cornfield, aconsultant of Pew Internet & American Life Project, conducted
aresearch concerning the influence which had political blogs on the society during the
last two months of the American presidential campaign in 2004. It shows that apolitical
blogger can initiate adiscourse in which hundreds of people get involved creating in this
way akind of buzz calling citizens to be active online which will contribute to generate
sound that will become the voice of social democracy. This is further evidence to support
the thesis that the blogosphere for some time can become the fifth power, as it already
has ahuge impact on the political mood17.
Businesses with corporate blogs have almost unlimited possibilities to express
their own opinions. This form of communication may refer to the current, important
events, and above all, to establish closer relationships with customers. Blog entries be-
come the starting point for discussion and give feedback, whereby the company can ver-
ify their actions. However, the blog will never replace the traditional website, although it
may be the perfect addition. So, blogs are the place of self-promotion, creating an inter-
esting, close to customers image and, above all, aperfect means of communication and
dissemination of opinion. So the question: what is the purpose of corporate blog? has
many answers. Among others, information about products, consumers engagement in
discussions about the brand, customer service improvement, enhancement of the com-
pany image in the eyes of the environment and better positioning of website in search
Another issue within the management of corporate image on the Web is the
online activity of employees on social networking sites, blogs or discussion forums. Por-
tals such as LinkedIn or Goldenline may not only build business contacts, but also lead
discussions on professional topics, and create thematic groups. On one hand, the use of
social networks can expand business contacts, but on the other happens at the expense
of working time. Not without significance is the fact that these sites are used to search for
new employees by recruitment agencies or competition. And this is one of the reasons
why more and more employers restrict the use of such sites during work hours. In 2007,
this issue was raised by one of the largest trade unions in the UK. Trades Union Congress
has defended the right of employees to use social networks such as Facebook.
Ibid, p.162.
P. Koodziejczyk, Blog jako instrument komunikowania politycznego p. 259.
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Sharing your own job profiles in LinkedIn or Goldenline certainly helps the po-
tential competitors to find attractive candidates. Many sites of this type offer its users
the opportunity to take up job offers, thus while creating astrategy for managing the
corporate image on the Internet it should be taken into account that employees by post-
ing information about their position and career details reveal data of the structure and
strategy of the particular company. In some cases, such information may play an impor-
tant role for the organization. Additionally, the increasing problem in terms of corporate
image and information management is when afriend from social networking website is
aperson who works for acompetitive company. Professional social networks bridge the
gap between business people and the sites of aprivate nature.
Another important phenomenon associated with the activities of companies are
blogs run by employees. Problems appear, however, in cases where the employee moves
to work topics while using aprivate blog. Among other things, it is worth to maintain
a constant monitoring of online media, including blogs. Failure to do so may lead to
asituation where an anonymous blog about the company will be read by everyone ex-
cept the management. In fact, such situations are very rare. Much more often, people ini-
tiate conducting ablog about their work. This is quite apopular form, especially in large
corporations. Frequently these type of blogs are created by white-collar workers. The
primary function of this blog is to facilitate the contact between employees and people
outside the company, customers, partners or business partners. In the era of interactive
marketing, the management through control of information becomes meaningless. To-
days consumers of goods and services are aware that firms have avery persuasive policy
of promotion and self-presentation, and thus lose confidence in such transfers. There-
fore, amajor challenge for public relations, especially regarding the Internet, is to rebuild
confidence by building lasting relationships with customers, objectivity and openness in
dealing with partners in the communication process18.

3. Microblogs

Presently, the phenomenon of social networking sites are also microblogs. This
new way of communication involves writing ashort (about 140 characters) information.
The authors of microblogs, like in case of any other social networks, create agroup of
people with whom they share their thoughts, write about what they do, ask others for
advice or recommend an interesting web pages, and each message is sent to the cockpit
- in other words to apersonalised website which means to millions of users at the same
time. Information published in this way are attractive because they are not long, and
more importantly, they fit on the screen of the mobile phone. In this way, microblogs
D. Kaznowski, Nowy marketing, (Warszawa: Wyd. VFP Communications, 2008), p.162.
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combine the features of instant messaging, news, forums and blogs, and even by some
are considered to be an example of new journalism, part of Web 2.0 trend that is acon-
cept of Internet community.
American microblog Twitter gained popularity in Poland during the elections to
European parliament in 2009. At the beginning it was used by the politicians from PiS
party. Soon, however, this method of communication was taken up by politicians from
other parties, recognizing the potential of this messenger. Currently in Poland microb-
logs are just starting. We have so far Blip, Pinger and Flaker, but prognosis is that at some
time soon they will become as popular as Facebook. Blip is the largest of Polish microb-
logs, founded in 2007 by agroup of Gadu-Gadu (Polish instant messaging service) which
outrun American leader in terms of numbers of members. It is worth mentioning that
Blip accounts were set up for instance by Polish Social Security Service, the Polish Post
Office, and the Prime Minister. This large potential of microblogs has also been noticed
by private entrepreneurs19.
Blip or Twitter is also agood place to chat with interesting people and gain new
knowledge. But mostly it is agreat information channel, where one can find out about
many things much earlier than from traditional media. Microblogs can help in running
businesses (...) and are great in maintaining relationships with friends. Their hidden mean-
ing is in watching people after all20. Politicians, trying to keep up with the voters and
the requirements of the new political cybergame, more often publish their posts on the
microblogs as they benefit much from it. Their micromessages are often picked up by the
media. Currently, microblogs are used only by representatives of selected industries such
as advertising, IT or marketing21. With microblogs entrepreneurs can create or improve
their public profile. The results of astudy by Megapanel PBI/Gemius shows that currently
about 1.2 million Poles are using microblogs. Mostly men use this form of communica-
tion (53.6%) whereas women blog almost twice as long. Microblogging services are most
popular among those aged 15-24.22 Entrepreneurs quickly recognized its potential and
are trying to best fit in this trend of communication.

4. Social media element of building trust on the Internet

The social networking sites so-called social media, which perfectly mobilize the
recipients, fit well into the trend of Web 2.0 as part of the management of corporate
P. Pajk, Wszyscy pisz mikroblogi,,38102,2,
November 7, 2011.
20,3,1251200845, April 8, 2010.
J. Stryk, Politycy wierkaj dla rozgosy,
glosu.html, April 7, 2010.
html, April 8, 2010
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image. These include services such as Fecebook, MySpace and Goldenline. The basic ele-
ment of their functioning is opening aprofile, creating alist of friends, commenting on
their entries and placing your own posts. You can upload pictures and other files, and
chat with other users. Facebook phenomenon is an excellent example of the popularity
of this type of application. Mateusz Tulecki writes in his publication that social online
services make the social network of relationships more concentrated. (...) For political
marketing and politicians themselves, these applications are agood place to conduct
activities related to the election campaigns and to build long term relationships with
voters. However, if apolitician opens aprofile on one of such services automatically be-
comes amember of the community.23
Each of the web portals brings together different users. Facebook concentrates
more educated, mostly young people of the middle class while MySpace is mostly used
by teenagers. The use of these services is an integrated activity of new media and tradi-
tional media of marketing resources. Their task is to complement the communication
and auto-presentation activities undertaken during image campaign. On such sites com-
panies place shots from work trips or photos from the early years of the firm, building in
this way acloser relations than is the case in the real world. It should also be noted that
due to the presence in the online communities, companies can keep responding to crisis
situations and control the information published by the Internauts. Another benefit of
social media is an immediate feedback on the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.
This enables instant changes and adjustments to the expectations of Internet users24.
Among Polish companies, the accounts on social networking sites are represent-
ed by almost all industries. On Facebook for instance, entrepreneurs post thousands of
pictures aday and almost every day they update their entries and add YouTube videos
documenting the corporate life or work on new projects. The indicator of professionally
run fan page is anumber of fans, the people subscribing to our online profile.

5. YouTube virtual simulation

Another kind of services in the Web 2.0 trend, which can be successfully used in
corporate image management strategies are applications that allow users to publish and
share files, especially movies. Undoubtedly, the most popular one is YouTube, aservice
launched in early 2005 by Steve Chan and Chad Hurley. At the end of 2006 it was taken
over by Google for 1.65 million dollars.25
Entrepreneurs, as well as other users can upload there corporate videos, reports

23, November 26, 2011.
Ibid., November 26, 2011.
M. Tuecki, Polityka 2.0, czyli jak politycy staraj si wykorzysta najnowszep. 202.
Marzena Rbiasz

from press conferences and important social events that will be publicly available. As
the portal SpinRoom notifies After the television, Youtube turned to be one of the most
important channels of communication with todays consumers, and this communication
works in both ways. In 2008, this service became absolutely essential for any marketing
campaign. Broadcasting journalists press releases with links to the new corporate spots
became natural. Image specialists posted on YouTube videos documenting the day in
the life of business, corporate social events and important speeches addressed to the
employees. But YouTube has also become atool in the hands of consumers themselves.
Unlike television, the Internet allows for bidirectional communication. Generalisation of
the tools (software and hardware) used for creating films resulted in rash of amateur
advertisements, assemblies, manifestoes and parodies. Some of them later were placed
in traditional media, and their authors gained a great deal of attention.26 Fashion for
YouTube soon also appeared in Poland. Through this service Donald Tusk (Polish Prime
Minister) wished Poles aHappy Easter: Ihope that the sunny and merry spring will ap-
pear in every Polish home, in every Polish heart and will stay there as long as possible
throughout the year.27 Donald Tusk speech, posted on YouTube by his office, created in
this way the image of amodern prime minister, going with the times, who is no stranger
to new technologies.
Aspecific feature of YouTube is no possibility to remove offensive or politically
incorrect contents, because, as administrators ensure, the brands most important as-
set is freedom of speech. It is here that users have found aplaying field for themselves,
where they can show adifferent side from the traditional version. Companies promoting
on the Web may on their corporate or product blogs and social networking sites provide
links to specific videos on YouTube, so users can benefit from them regardless of the
time, place and use them in other applications. Anyone can create an account here, add
and comment on videos posted by other users as well as organize and indicate resources
themselves. 28 New media tools like YouTube, provide an unprecedented openness and
transparency in the activities. Even Queen Elizabeth II has her own YouTube channel. It
was launched in December 2007 on the 50th anniversary of the first ever Queens Christ-
mas performance on television. During the first week the channel recorded over one mil-
lion visits. The recordings issued in there raise alot of topics, from archival photos from
the queens wedding to the film from the collection of apples in one of the royal estates.
Own channel on YouTube was launched also by the Government of Iraq. You can watch
there the speeches of politicians, learn about the work of the government, and keep
track of the most important moments in the development of the country. Also, the UK

26, June 24, 2010.
27, October 24, 2011.
M. Tuecki, Polityka 2.0, czyli jak politycy staraj si wykorzysta najnowsze p .202.
Marketing communication on the Internet as the element of managing thecorporate image.

government launched its service on YouTube. Prime Minister Gordon Brown took advan-
tage of it to launch acampaign called Ask the Prime Minister, inviting people to send
their YouTube videos with the questions, to which he answered on the site. This program
became very popular and permanently inscribed on YouTube. In 2007 European Union
channel started, available in three languages: English, French and German. On the day of
inauguration of President Barack Obama, January 20, 2009 the channel of the American
White House was launched. Afew days earlier, there was created achannel of the Senate
and U.S. House of Representatives29.
The business world is increasingly using the means of the Internet. Present
companies, after creating their own websites, start more consciously using the applica-
tions such as blogs or social networking sites. Contents regularly published on the blogs,
profiles on social networks, videos posted on sites like YouTube, are becoming away for
entrepreneurs to reach the growing number of Internauts, mainly young people, well
educated and living in larger cities.30

6. Websites tool for building and preserving the image

Tools through which companies can build or fix the image on the Internet are
limitless, because the Internet is unlimited. This is the only medium that fits together all
the elements of broadcasting: audio, video and text. Its up to us which one we will use
to promote our company or the product (e.g., political). Studies show that, whenever we
want to sell aproduct, 75% of success depends on how it is introduced to potential cli-
ents, and only 25% on the properties and the options that he gives us. Launching anew
or already existing product requires huge financial resources of the company. Only the
Internet allows to reduce those costs to aminimum. We live in aglobal village where
information travels at the speed of light, you just have to know where it grows and what
tools to use.31
By creating awebsite the company may partially resign from the sometimes awk-
ward medium of journalists, not giving up contact with customers and not disappearing
from the media at the same time. The Internet offers almost unlimited opportunities to
reach new recipients and allows contact with them. Currently, websites in the business
world are akind of business cards, and the entrepreneurs themselves reach for more and
more interesting ways to present the goods or services, enriching their sites with blogs,
forums and the options to add comments.

29, March 2, 2010.
M. Tuecki, Polityka 2.0, czyli jak politycy staraj si wykorzysta najnowsze p. 204.
M. Dutkowski, Jak kreowa swj wizerunek w Internecie,
wizerunek-w-internecie/, October 2, 2011.
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Creating an image on the Web is a challenge, therefore such activities are in-
creasingly outsourced to aprofessional company. To meet the specifics of the Internet,
one needs to constantly communicate with users. No activity significantly reduces the
chances of acandidate to gain popularity in the network which is built up for months and
even years. Currently, the best examples of building apositive image on the Polish busi-
ness and financial scene are websites of banks and cosmetic companies. They contain
all the essential elements needed for effective image presentation. They are transparent
and simple, professional and credible. They place current information and important an-
nouncements, show companys mission and vision, present the photos documenting its
history. Thanks to the companys website customers have direct contact with each other.
By using acontact application form everyone can write amessage or communicate their
dissatisfaction with products or services. The corporate website also include links to pro-
files on social networks such as: Facebook and YouTube or on microblogs like Blip or
Twitter. Posting photos of the most important events of the life of the company on its
home page is also an interesting solution. They introduce the dynamics and enrich the
creation, which thus become unstandardised. All these elements make up aclear mes-
sage. They seem to say: our company is growing rapidly, is professional and respected by
the customers.
The business world more and more is using the new options of the Internet. Com-
panies in addition to their own websites, which are now the basis for marketing commu-
nication, more consciously begin to use new applications, such as social networks, blogs
and microblogs, or private channels on YouTube. These new trends which allow to man-
age the corporate image on the Web reach large numbers of users that is customers. This
tendency and fascination with new communication tools on the Web will certainly grow,
as both the number of Internet users is increasing and the amount of time they spend on
the Internet.


In summary, it is worth recalling that nowadays widely understood business is

largely based on marketing. While struggling to gain customers one should focus on
creating and promoting apositive image. From the market perspective, any company
has to work for along period of time in order to get results. The promotional campaign
itself is akind of culmination of an earlier, long-term work. Customers build apicture of
the enterprise on the ground of media reports, and largely based on its image on the In-
ternet. The modern consumer of goods and services, evaluates corporate websites, their
functionality, communicativeness and timeliness of information published there. Web
promotion tools such as blogs, microblogs, profiles in social media, and private channels
Marketing communication on the Internet as the element of managing thecorporate image.

on YouTube have become an undeniable part of professional management of the com-

panys image. Interactive marketing meets the demands of new times dealing with the
Internet used for widely understood advertising campaigns, which aim for the increased
interest among customers and corporate promotion in society.
For marketers and specialists in image creation, online applications become
aplace to build long term relationships with customers and to carry out promotion and
information activities. Tools through which companies can build or fix the image on the in-
ternet are basically limitless, because the Internet is unlimited. This is the only medium that
brings together all of the elements of communication: sound, image and text. This analysis
is therefore asource of information about the mechanisms and processes used to man-
age corporate image and about professional communication tools which provide effective
building of relationships between customers and business partners via the Internet.


This publication gives an overview of marketing and promotional activities which

todays businesses undertake in order to create and manage their image. The road to the
top of abusiness career is inextricably linked with both the mechanisms of promotion
and following the latest trends of communication. Therefore, this work is an analysis of
the latest trends, developed by marketing and PR specialists, and the impact they had on
the image and trust of acompany. The following dissertation implicates that in the world
of globalization dominated by marketing activities, based on specific strategies forcing
companies to constant care about the image, the Internet is the best for this tool.

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Marketing communication on the Internet as the element of managing thecorporate image.

Krystyna Wojciechowska-Izdebska

Krystyna Wojciechowska-Izdebska, MSc, Eng.

PhD student at Kozminski University, Poland

Negotiation stages and tactics in project management


Human beings have negotiated since the beginnings of their existence. With the
use of negotiations people come to an agreement on various planes. They have con-
versations on their own behalf as well as on behalf of other people and different kinds
of organizations. Thus we can speak of marriage, family, trade, labour, political, inter-
national and project management negotiations. In all these cases from two peoples
arrangement to adebate of specialist committees in the UN commissions negotiation
processes are in progress.
Importance and significance of negotiations in project management have in-
duced me to choose this issue as asubject which is strictly connected with my profes-
sional work. Knowledge of that field may be useful in each profession where we stay in
touch with people, present our stand, get to know views and offers of the other side
and carry out arrangements. Abundance of definitions, descriptions of the nature of this
phenomenon, mechanics of its course, used strategies and styles, applied techniques of
convincement and persuasion as well as descriptions of social engineering and manipu-
lations is enormous. Iwould like to present some of them in this study.

1. So what are negotiations?

The term negotiation derives from the Latin expression negotium business.
Until recently negotiations were associated with politics and in this context this term
is explained by the PWN Polish Language Dictionary. We can read there that: negotia-
tions are common explanations, presentations of views and arrangements conducted
by authorised representatives of two or more countries in the form of conversations or
exchange of written documents, parley etc1.
In the Oxford dictionary the verb to negotiate is explained as carrying out acon-
versation in order to reach compromise or agreement.
Whereas in the PWN Dictionary of Foreign Words we can read that negotiations
from Latin negotiatio = dealing with trade, mutual explanations, presentation of views,

Sownik Jzyka Polskiego, (Warszawa: PWN, 1988), p. 309.
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carrying out talks by representatives of two or more countries, transactions, parley2.

Areview of definitions.
In the literature we can find many definitions of the term negotiations. Here are some
of them:
Rubin & Brown (1975):

1. Involve at least two parties.

2. Parties interests are contradictory at least in one field.
3. At least partly parties voluntarily start taking this interaction, regardless of
previously existing experiences.
4. Taken actions concern: a) division or exchange of one or more goods or resources,
b) resolution of one or more problems concerning involved people or parties
represented by them.

The actions usually consist in presenting demands or offers by one party, their
evaluation by the other and then there is an expression of agreement for putting forward
acounterproposal. The actions usually happen sequentially, not simultaneously3.
R.Fisher, W. Ury (1990):
...bilateral process of communication which goal is to reach an agreement in case when
at least some interests of involved parties are contentious4.
Z. Ncki (1994):
...negotiations is each conversation which aim is to agree on mutual stance in aparticu-
lar issue (...) it is asequence of common moves by which parties strive to reach apossibly
beneficial solution of apartial clash of interests...5.
Z. Uniszewski (1993):
...aset of practical activities consisting in presentation of views, intentions and expecta-
tions which aim is to conclude an agreement (contract) by representatives of negotiating
H. Brdulak & J. Brdulak (1996):
...amultilateral process of communication which goal is to reach an agreement. Interests
are contradictory in at least one field. Despite that, partners start voluntary negotiations
with asense of possible mutual interest...7.

Sownik Wyrazw Obcych, (Warszawa: PWN, 1978), p. 504.
J.Z. Rubin, B. R. Brown, The social Psychology of Bargaining and Negotiation, (New York: Academic Press,
1975), w: P.J. Dbrowski, Praktyczna teoria negocjacji, Sorbog, (Warszawa, 1991), p.11.
R. Fisher, W. Ury, B. Patton., Dochodzc do TAK. Negocjowanie bez poddawania si, (Warszawa: PWE, 1990), p. 21.
Z. Ncki, Negocjacje wbiznesie, (Krakw: Wydawnictwo Profesjonalnej Szkoy Biznesu, 1994), p. 12.
Z. Uniszewski, Konflikty inegocjacje, (Warszawa: Samorzdowe Fund. Rozwoju Demokracji Lokalnej, 1993).
H. Brdulak, J. Brdulak. Sztuka itechnika negocjacji handlowych, (Warszawa: Bizant, 1996), p. 9.
Krystyna Wojciechowska-Izdebska

Elizabeth M. Christopher (1996):

...negotiations is aform of agreement between people (...), and agreement can be de-
fined as the one which joins justified interests of each party in abest way, fairly settles
contradictory interests and in addition it is constant and takes into account needs of
people living in aparticular administrative area8.
A. Fowler (1997):
...aprocess, in which two or more parties are involved in achieving the result. Those par-
ties initially have different goals but with the use of arguments and persuasion they try
to overcome differences to obtain amutually satisfactory solution...9.
G. Nierenberg (1998):
...whenever people exchange ideas with intention to change attitudes, whenever they
strive to compromise, they negotiate then...10.
All these definitions emphasize that:

parties are forced to start negotiations as a result of clash of interests. If goals of

parties are not different, there is no need for negotiation. Negotiations result from
occurrence of conflict;
despite an existing conflict, parties must be interested in achieving acommon result,
they are somehow dependent on each other and believe in apossibility of amutually
beneficial solution;
despite of initially different stands, parties try to get to know differences to find
amutually satisfactory solution for that purpose they modify their initial position;
there is arelative balance of power between parties since otherwise i.e. if one party
had adefinite advantage, it would control asituation and impose its stand to such an
extent that no negotiations would be necessary;
negotiations are not afight where you have to beat your humiliated opponent at all
costs but they are adifficult process of making decisions with consideration of both
parties interests;
conflict, which is the basis of negotiation, is the result of action of external factors
and it is not caused by any party, therefore we should not focus on it but on ways of
searching for common interests, goals, values;
in negotiations living people participate who are endowed with intelligence and
feelings and have life experiences and ambitions; therefore in negotiations we deal
not only with apure conflict and game of interests but also with realization of
emotional values such as will of competition or sense of someones own dignity.

E. M. Christopher, Umiejtno negocjowania wbiznesie, (Warszawa: Zysk iS-ka, 1994), p. 8.
Za T. Warner, Umiejtnoci wkomunikowaniu si, (Wrocaw: Astrum, 1999), p. 95.
G. Nierenberg, Sztuka Negocjacji, (Warszawa: Studio EMKA, 1998), p. 16.
Negotiation stages and tactics in project management

As aresult of analysis and interpretation of presented definitions, one can for-

mulate their own proposal of the definition of negotiation: Negotiations is striving for
agreement, matching of individual interests of parties through exchange of information,
concessions, calculation of profits and losses but also imposing conditions to one an-
other in order to obtain mutual benefits.

2. Character of negotiations

Negotiations might have different faces. In their nature they can move from po-
sitional warfare, through negotiation tender to creative negotiations.
An initial condition of occurrence of the process of negotiation, except the previously
mentioned ones, is arelative balance of powers which parties possess. However it is not
about an objective balance the point is to perceive an occurred situation by parties as
the one which is just being characterized by this relative balance. Too big power of one
of partners leads to imposing stance on the other party and obviously there is no way for
any negotiation. Too weak partner scares off the other party from entering the negotia-
tion process since there is adanger that he may succumb to external pressures or in the
future he will not fulfil (or will not be able to fulfil) asigned contract or will not want to
fulfil it (he may try to sabotage agreements since as amatter of fact they will harm his
interests; he was somehow forced to accept contract conditions).
Parties, driven by their power perception, enter negotiations by informing each
other about their stances (demands). They can stop on it without adesire to make con-
cessions and wait for a course of events which would cause the increase of power of
either party and thus apossibility of forcing through their own stance. Parties gradually
reveal to each other more and more of their own interests, goals and intentions. They
may come to aconclusion that in fact none of the previously revealed negotiation stanc-
es guarantees realization of mutually beneficial goals and acompletely different way of
thinking is necessary. Creative negotiations begin and looking for the third way which
guarantees fulfilment of both parties goals.
To make creative negotiations come into effect, not only ahigh level of mutual
trust of both parties is necessary though but also abig intelligence and creativity of ne-
gotiation participants on both sides.
In negotiations one more situation can occur which is avoiding involvement in
the process. This situation can take place especially in working teams when some team
member comes to aconclusion that there is no possibility to have influence on the situa-
tion or when he thinks that costs he would bear as aresult of involvement in the process
will exceed the possible ones to obtain benefits.

Krystyna Wojciechowska-Izdebska

3. Negotiation stages and tactics

Negotiations is aprocess consisting of many stages.

Leo Hawkins et al. mention four clearly distinguishable negotiation stages:

initial stage during which parties establish mutual relations and try to arrange the
plane of agreement togethe;
divergence stage used by both parties to establish differences between them and
determine alimit of the conflict areas;
integration stage during which parties consider possible ways of solving problems
and look for such solutions which can satisfy each of them;
agreement stage during which apresentation of final proposals and conclusion of an
agreement take place11.

Z. Ncki12 also distinguishes four process stages. He particularly emphasizes the

first stage, pre-negotiation. He writes:
...just before real talks begin it is necessary to make at least two moves: prepare
yourself essentially and create in yourself an appropriate attitude. It is apre-negotiation
stage. The next one is opening, starting talks which is the beginning of peoples meeting
and also the moment of giving first offers which create initial conditions for afuture con-
tract. The third stage is having talks: next proposals and next mutual concessions. Finally
the fourth one finishing negotiations by accepting acontract or breaking off talks....
In a simplified way a negotiation cycle can be presented in the form of four
main stages:

preparing negotiations,
controlling the course,
finishing negotiations, future perspectives.

4. Preparing negotiations

Many observers speak of the necessity of an accurate preparation for talks since
this is the basis of succeeding in negotiations. However we should not assume that
acourse of events will proceed like we want and surprising situations will be solved as
they arise.
Before starting negotiations one should ask several questions. These are the ma-
jor ones:
L. Hawkins, M. Hudson, R. Cornall, Prawnik jako negocjator, czyli jak efektywnie negocjowa. Zagadnienia
prawne. (Warszawa: Dom Wydawniczy ABC, 1994), p. 88.
Z. Ncki, op. cit. 4, p. 186.
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why do we start negotiations and what do they concern in fact?

can we solve aproblem without appealing to negotiations?
who will be our opponent?
when will be the best and the worst time to start negotiations?
what initial offers are we going to introduce? Up to what level are we prone to make
are we going to invite agents, mediators to participate in negotiations or are we
going to form ateam or do we conduct talks on our own? If we form ateam, who will
enter it?
where will we conduct negotiations, at what place? Will it be better in our area or in
the territory of our opponents? Or perhaps in aneutral area?
how long are we going to carry out talks? How much time can we devote to them?
how to check accuracy of situation perception, existing opportunities, secondary
issues and possible limitations included in our stance?13.

H. & J. Brdulak write about a large significance of preparation for negotiations14. They
emphasize the necessity of collecting information about anegotiation partner, especially
in three basic ranges:

credibility of partner we are interested in (company, organization etc.);

information concerning people participating in negotiations;
data about common surroundings of negotiation partners (e.g. market, legal,
cultural etc.).

The mentioned authors mainly deal with trade negotiations, so they speak of the necessity
of checking partners economic situation. They suggest starting from determining the
year of company establishment (the longer it exists, the bigger level of credibility is; most
companies go bankrupt within the first year of existence). Next elements which should
be analyzed include:

volume of sales and balance amount,

current financial liquidity,
value of fixed assets and company capitals,
series of detailed financial indicators and others.

While organizing the negotiation process one should collect as much informa-
tion as possible concerning e.g. people who will represent acompany and particularly
whether decision-making people will sit at the negotiation table or not. Negotiation
partners often designate low-ranking employees to conduct talks. Many times it results

Z. Ncki, op. cit. 4, pp. 186-187.
H. & J. Brdulak, op. cit. 6, p. 99.
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from the desire to delay final decision or obtain maximum information, sense of ones
own strength or wish to manipulate.
Important information is knowledge about professional roles performed by ne-
gotiation partners. It is different to negotiate with lawyer, engineer or accountant. Such
knowledge will allow to select carefully members of our negotiation group.
Anegotiation organizer should also collect information about partners charac-
terology and personality features. It is necessary to check whether someone from our
company or friends has met our negotiation partners before. It is good to know how they
may react in various circumstances, how they act under pressure and if they are open or
distrustful, calm or bad-tempered, cheerful by nature or pensive? Each departure from
behaviour characteristic of aparticular person can be avaluable tip for us during nego-
tiations and can inform us about aplayed game. One should also know possibly alot
about partners interests, their hobby, ways of spending free time, professional success-
es, family situation, problems and worries. Such information can be used to improve our
image in partners eyes, pass the time of breaks in negotiations or even allow to some
kind of controlling moods at the negotiation table.
At the stage of preparation for negotiations it is necessary to decide who will
represent our party. Anumber of negotiators should be right to secure each discussed
aspect of acase but one should strive for as small group of negotiators as possible since
the bigger team is, the more difficult is to control particular sections of talks and coordi-
nate the whole works. Selection of people should take into account:

negotiation skills and personality features;

knowledge of specialist issues connected with the subject of negotiations;
skill of team cooperation, limited individualism, expected roles to perform during

Negotiation team should be matched and internally balanced. Group members

should have precisely assigned roles and duties everyone must know their responsibili-
ties. Unbalanced team as regards skills and knowledge of issue is ineffective.
Members of negotiation team ought to have assigned roles and duties. H. & J. Brdulak
mention the role of leader, recorder, listener, critic and controller.
Leader is aperson who can organize team work but also who has competences
to make decisions. He has to have factual competences, grasp of aparticular issue, abil-
ity to think precisely in stress situations, skill of staying calm and looking for common
ground for agreement with the other party, skill of building mutual trust and knowledge
about conducting negotiations.
Recorder is aperson, whose task is to record all arrangements made during dis-

H. & J. Brdulak, op. cit. 6, p. 191.
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cussion and data about discussed issues disclosed by both parties. The second important
task of recorder is cooperation with leader, watching the order of issues and suggesting
appropriate data to team members.
Listener must be an efficient observer; his role is not limited to passive listening.
Ha has to remember everything what was said and unsaid but also how it was articulated
and with what intention. Listener reports to team members what he noticed when other
people in heated discussion were not able to notice small but important signals.
Critic carries out observations concerning evaluation of progress in negotiations
and ways of conducting duties by team members. Criticism from the mouth of own team
member allows to perceive small shortcomings; too easy departure from an arranged
concept allows to ascribe aproper importance to negotiation elements, correct argu-
mentation and used techniques.
Controller is adifficult, ambiguous and awkward role. It is usually aperson with
highest position who evaluates the effect of negotiation. Presence of controller often
hardens atmosphere, worsens climate of talks and makes team work incoherent.
During preparation works we must also prepare aplace of negotiations or give
consent to it when our partner organizes the meeting. The most recommended is neu-
tral ground. The place must be properly prepared, seats at the table should be arranged,
appropriate lighting is necessary as well as sound (if needed) and aesthetic decor. Agen-
eral rule of preparing the place of negotiation requires akind and partnership attitude,
not confrontational coldness. During that time negotiator should think about strategy
and style of negotiation i.e. way of conducting process. For formulating the strategy the
most important thing is to realize the goal of conducted talks.
Formulating the negotiation strategy requires elaboration in the form of planned
tactics of conducting negotiation i.e. determining methods and techniques pursuing
agoal. Here we can plan many scenarios of negotiation course. Negotiators often resign
from it and rely on their own experience, intuition and reflex. But when they hear an
offer of new ground for cooperation, radical change of agreement conditions or differ-
ent unpredictable idea, they are surprised, helpless and use appeals against decisions of
superiors or specialists.
Choice of argument is crucial for the negotiation course. The negotiation pro-
cess should be based on rational circumstances, substantive arguments, cool calculation
and information possible to verify. These are e.g. technical and financial documentation
(confirmed by impartial specialists), market information, references of clients or users,
display, product demonstrations, guarantees of trade or financial partners. All this infor-
mation ought to be collected and prepared for presentation at initial stage. However,
speaking of substantive arguments we should not claim that using arguments which
find their way to emotions and subconsciousness is out of the question. Just the op-
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posite you should not resign from them. The range of means is enormous here from
mass advertisement and promotion to subtle interpersonal game.
While preparing for carrying out talks, negotiators must plan and work out meth-
ods of refuting various reservations of partners. Doubts and objections are constant ele-
ments of negotiation and basic tools of explaining and agreeing on many issues. J. Bloos
mentions four basic groups of reservations:

objectively justified reservations,

excuses (protective statements),
superficial reservations, poorly justified16.

An experienced negotiator cannot disregard any of the above mentioned groups

of reservation. Sometimes irrational prejudices or made-up objections may block the
negotiation process. The fact that partner formulates reservations is important informa-
tion. It means that he noticed our offer, treated it seriously, thought about it, had doubts,
calculated costs and got ready for some decisions. Lack of reservations is abad sign since
it means apoor interest or already made decision most often anegative one.
Reservations are often methods for getting extra information and revealing weak
points of partner. Thus negotiator should not pass over reservations or avoid them. He
must be prepared to receive them. He cannot be taken by surprise, thrown off balance
or show embarrassment. Negotiator must specify the essence of reservation, make sure
if he understood it properly, ask for justification and then use prepared and considered
counterarguments. In case of big, complicated contracts, agreements and cooperation
agreements, common designing of goals and tasks for particular members of negotia-
tion groups is necessary.
Starting negotiations.
Negotiation talks usually start with customary polite words, introductions to
each other, defining who people participating in ameeting are and what they do. This
stage of opening should not be excessively extended but also you cannot get to the
point too quickly. It is necessary to remember about making agood impression, suitable
atmosphere and also about some regularities of psychological nature. The first is the
one which says that during first several minutes of the meeting negotiators settle their
opinion about interlocutor. With agreat difficulty effects of the first impression may be
subject to change during long-lasting talks. The second regularity says that in the first
five spoken sentences there should be the proper one which will signal to partner ben-
efits he can achieve after starting negotiations with us17.

H. & J. Brdulak, op. cit. 6, p. 114.
H. & J. Brdulak, op. cit. 6, p. 127.
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When in akind atmosphere negotiators start talking there is determination of

ways of conducting negotiations, their range, duration and proceedings. These elements
were prepared at the planning stage but now they have become formally accepted.
At this stage both parties must determine:

what are their goals?

what are divergences?
what are divergences caused by?
what is the source of conflict?
has asimilar situation happened before?
what may be the benefits from reaching an agreement?

At the stage of opening talks each Party should verify previously taken assump-
tions which are the response to the following questions (by the way - verification of
these assumptions is aconstant process and should be carried out for the whole time of
negotiation duration):

who is the most important person in the team of negotiation partners and who will
make decisions?
have we chosen aproper negotiation strategy for aparticular stage?
have we anticipated aspirations and intentions of the other party correctly?
what benefits does partner expect? What does he want to fix?
what are proper goals of partner?
what can be my maximal concessions?
what can be my minimal advantages?
in what areas does aconsensus of opinions and interests take place?
in what areas does atotal conflict of interests occur?
are there issues of various degree of importance for parties? The same issue can be
more important for one party and less important for the other.

At this stage one should not reveal an accepted negotiation strategy and es-
pecially anticipated tactic of proceeding. You cannot show readiness to concessions. If
partner wants to present his proposals, you should listen to them because they can be
the basis for proper negotiations.
Generally speaking, the task of negotiators at the opening stage consists in
building afriendly atmosphere and sounding partner out, examining his intentions and
attitude, discovering his strong and weak points, getting to know emotions and hidden
goals as well as determining stance.

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5. Negotiating

The reason of success of negotiation process is conducting it according to an ac-

cepted (often negotiated as well) schedule and defined rules of proceeding.
The basis for starting negotiations is the first negotiation move, in other words
proposal, offer. Just after its presentation putting forward arguments and justification
of ones stance begin. Thus proposals are the motor of negotiation while arguments are
only the tool.
Proposals are also aform of seizing the initiative and controlling the situation
since...the person who makes aproposal, has control over the course of negotiations18.
If we find some offer insufficient and we reject it, it is necessary to present adif-
ferent one. Otherwise we block further progress of talks and destroy current effects. Pro-
posals can be formulated according to the scheme: if you, then we...
Each proposal contains many elements and we should remember about it and
not lose sight of them. Negotiator cannot plan only one variant of final contract and per-
sist in reaching it. We can defend afew but not all points of aplanned contract, we have
to give in something.
It is obvious that the first offer in negotiations is unacceptable because it defines
maximal demands of partner and it is prepared for future development (according to
the rule: aim high) in such away to make space for possible concessions. Those con-
cessions have adifferent value for both parties. Something which is abig step forward
for one party, for the other it can be alittle significant gesture. The rule concession for
concession is afundamental rule of negotiations.
Vacuum between the first offer and anticipated contract is called by Z. Ncki
negotiation margin19. It must be big enough to have something to give in but it should
not be too big in order not to make our proposals seem absurd.
The conclusion from these deliberations is simple. We should leave the position: maxi-
mum and make concessions with small steps. At the same time we can emphasize our
good intentions and great sacrifice. While reaching concessions one should not reveal
their importance. Expressing enthusiasm or even satisfaction during negotiations causes
that the other party may consider their made concession sufficient and toughen their
stance. In contrast, if partner shows joy from our concessions we may think it should
satisfy them so our further concessions are not necessary. Excessive openness is not ad-
visable in negotiations. It should also be remembered that one can gain more by giving
in with small steps but more often than with jumps but more seldom.

Z. Ncki, op. cit. 4, p.195.
Z. Ncki, op. cit. 4, p.197.
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Often, in order to recognize real intentions of partner and his tendencies to con-
cessions atactic of hypothetical situation what if is used. One of parties asks the other
anumber of questions starting from what if and then presents its offers. In such away
you can determine limits of concessions and expectations. R. Baut writes that ...even if
he [interlocutor authors note] consciously wanted to hide his intentions or informa-
tion about acompany he represents, then asking him aquestion based on the structure
what if would probably make him imagine the answer to this question. This image will
certainly find its expression in body language and that is, on the other hand, avery reli-
able source of information for askilled observer20.
During negotiations you should say yes as often as possible without making
concessions. It turns out that it is amagic word, atool to disarm the other party. Often re-
peated yes, Isee, yes, Iagree or yes, you are right affect the atmosphere of talks. Yes
changes attitude between speakers and listeners, decreases tension and transforms an
antagonistic dispute into the beginning of dialogue21.
Equally important is expressing recognition for speaker. When you express rec-
ognition to people you act like afriend or colleague. Moreover you persuade them to
change their way of perceiving you. W. Ury highlights that as much you can disarm
aparticular person as you can satisfy her need of recognition22.
Non-verbal and verbal reflections are used for establishing and maintaining
aharmonious contact with interlocutor. Non-verbal reflections consist in making ones
own behaviour similar to some non-verbal behaviours of partner23. The point is to re-
flect body posture, specific gestures, breathing rhythm, voice tone and pace of speaking.
Reflection is acraft of guessing attitude and feelings of partner in order to adapt to his
mood and skills which as aresult will make contact with him easier and allow to listen to
him and understand effectively24.
Verbal reflection consists in making ones own language similar to some ele-
ments of language which are used by interlocutor according to the rule that you should
talk to people in their own language. The point is to adjust vocabulary, way of reasoning
but also specific kind of our statements to the character of perceiving phenomena typi-
cal of visualizers, audiles and sensates25.
Unfortunately, despite a created climate for negotiations partners often can-
not reach an agreement. In this situation you can cite an authority of awell-known and

R. Baut , Skuteczne negocjacje, (Warszawa: CIM, 1998), p. 49.
W. Ury, Odchodzc od NIE. Negocjowanie od konfrontacji do kooperacji, (Warszawa: PWE, 1998), p. 81.
W. Ury, op. cit. 21, p. 84.
R. Baut, op. cit. 20, p. 64.
L. Grzesiuk, Psychologia stosowana dla menederw, (Warszawa: Prywatna Wysza Szkoa Handlowa, 1997),
p. 103.
L. Grzesiuk, op. cit. 25, p. 103.
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highly-regarded person, who supports our stance and has agood opinion about us. You
can also cite your previous achievements. Our successes are to be aguarantee of profes-
sionalism here. It is also necessary to put emphasis on benefits, which will be obtained by
our counterpartner as aresult of reaching an agreement with us. The benefits might be
measurable but also prestigious and prospective resulting from doing business with us.
You can also introduce afactor of competition26 i.e. make an impression that our
interlocutor has to compete with somebody who has abetter position and meets our
However, if negotiations proceed in the climate of aggression and lack of trust,
tactics have a completely different character. Pressure on counter-partner is put with
the use of manipulation such as introducing agent provocateur whose behaviour must
irritate our opponent, disturb or disrupt his train of thought and invalidate the concept
of goal realization.
Another tactic is good guy bad guy. Appearances of conflict inside one ne-
gotiation team are made here. One negotiator is atough, tenacious and aggressive man
who makes excessive demands. He is the one who appears in negotiations as first and
after he effectively discourages and makes the other party freeze, then the second one
appears: kind, friendly and willing to compromise. Good one agrees to acompromise
which was planned beforehand by the party he represents and which is no compromise
at all. Bad one is only the background of him. Small concessions of good one seem sig-
nificant; they are accepted not because they are beneficial but because they were made
by anice person.
However what should be done when it turns out that partners are not willing to
compromise and they toughen their stance or wage trench warfare? Reaching areason-
able agreement between parties becomes less and less probable. The atmosphere of
negotiations becomes contentious and competitive. Sending signals that our stance is
unchanging we discourage our partners from active argumentation because there will
be no effects anyway. Partners stubbornness blocks him mentally as well and alot of
effort is needed to defrost the situation. Sometimes you must create such asituation to
let your partner save face. Anti-partner attitude with no chances of concessions causes
impasse, waste of time and impossibility of agreeing on acontract.
In positional negotiations psychological problems along with factual ones are
crucial. Most often a solved problem is treated as strictly as people who personify it.
It is awrong approach. You should separate aman from aproblem and apply the rule
be tough towards aproblem but soft towards people. Such an attitude is conducive
to stubbornness in realizing ones goals and at the same time keeping good relations
with partner who personally does not feel threatened. R. Fisher and W. Ury advise: at-
L. Hawkins, op. cit. 10, p. 146.
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tack aproblem without condemning people. Go even further and act friendly towards
Ending negotiations.
One of symptoms signalling the end of the negotiation process and approach-
ing the finalization of contract is the increase of varying difficulty of talks. Both parties
are excited about their course but it is necessary to hold on till the end and not give in
to time pressure. Let us wait until partner accepts what has already been arranged. At
this stage some difficulties may occur. Often at the last minute negotiators try to extort
concessions which were previously rejected. Sometimes the other party may try to bring
up an issue which was discussed before. In this situation we have to resist such pressures
in adefinite way. Negotiating at the last moment and under pressure of time or power is
amistake and may cause much damage. Let us not allow to be urged but also let us avoid
such moves towards partner.
While seeing lack of progress in the negotiation process we can withdraw from
negotiation or withdraw our offer28. We can bluff to take an opponent to task but we
should take into account apossibility of accepting our step seriously. Therefore those
tactics should be used economically and only when the risk of real breaking off negotia-
tions is small.
We can also ostentatiously show our anger and dissatisfaction29. It is possible
that in this way we will reduce our partners confidence which will be the reaction to
undermining his belief about his accuracy of rightness. As aresult, this tactic may lead to
reduction of his demands.
If we need time for preparing extra arguments or checking acontract from any
perspective we can use the tactic of lack of ultimate competences. In that way we delay
the course of negotiations but we gain time. It can also force the other party oriented at
reaching an agreement to make concessions at the last moment.
Good results in the final negotiation stage are obtained thanks to using recapitulation.
Frequent summaries of achieved results with particular emphasis of mutual benefits give
the feeling that negotiations make some progress. Recapitulation of current arrange-
ments is atactic inclining to make afinal proposal.
If, despite alot of efforts, we cannot reach an agreement, we might bring in amedia-
tor to talks who can as the third party significantly affect the change of negotiators
Mediator may induce the arguing parties to reach an agreement through an
analysis of particular issues and opportunities the parties can choose from as well as

R. Fisher, W. Ury, B. Patton, op. cit. 3, p. 80.
L. Hawkins, op. cit. 10, p. 146.
L. Hawkins, op. cit. 10, p. 151.
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formulating an agreement satisfying needs of both parties.

The final contract should be designed in writing and contain all arrangements
and conditions of their realization. Awritten form puts in order various aspects of agree-
ment; it is adocument for superiors; most often it is required by legal regulations.
The negotiation result, the final contract should include:

preamble (introduction),
range of contract,
answer to the questions:
what are duties of particular people? What is salary?
what is time limit?
on which documentation is it based on?
rules of arbitration in case of misunderstandings,
conditions of breaking off acontract in unexpected circumstances30.
At the moment of signing acontract let us not reveal concessions we could make
if negotiations lasted longer but let us congratulate our partner on agood deal he made
with us. Let us also congratulate on the way how concluding acontract will affect the
future functioning of his company.
However, we should bear in mind that basic success of negotiation not exactly
consists in the fact that acontract is concluded but rather in the fact that parties fulfil
their mutual obligations which result from that contract. It requires acareful preparation
of mechanisms, which will induce the other party to respect made arrangements and
comply with them31.
The discussed stages form the negotiation cycle, also called negotiation spiral.
This cycle depicts next steps leading to success: finalization of talks. It also happens that
before the success of asigned contract is achieved, one can go through afew negotia-
tion cycles.

S. Witek, Techniki kierowania szko. (Jelenia Gra: Wydawnictwo Nauczycielskie, 1994), p. 44.
L. Hawkins et al., op. cit. 10, p. 96.
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The negotiation process is in fact agame played between participants. It can be

azero-sum or non-zero sum game. Reflection of aplayed game is astyle of negotiation.
The competitive style or (according to adifferent classification) dominance, adaptation,
avoiding and compromise are the signs of assumption that one party can win only as
much as the other one loses (zero-sum game). The sum of the negotiation results can be
positive though; both parties can win but anumber of favourable conditions must arise.
The most crucial ones include adetermined goal, adegree of negotiators preparation for
negotiations, their personality features and skills.
But there is still an open question: how much are we able to master the method
of aperfect negotiator?

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Anna Szalast, Joanna Sowak

Anna Szalast
PhD student at The John Paul Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

Joanna Sowak
PhD student at The John Paul Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

Management organization in structure social help on environ-

mental of self-help home


Term managing goes to process bring to realization definite things, fitly

andeffective, together with different people and by them1. Environmental Home
ofSelf-help is institution getting support people ill/disable , that is why incredible
essential is by task entertain in frames of help and support. Takes place in way
fitly and effective also by testify skilled employee that is why managing human
resources is essential element whole process managing Environmental Home of
Mutual aid.
Activity supports is process of management to plan organization leading
andcontrol. Planning embrace appear their range designation goals given organization,
arrangement strategy leading to their achievement also elaboration hierarchy plans by
coordination act2. Organize appear definition task to execution also arrange who makes
them as their groups who whom be subject toandwhere has entertain decision3 . Lead-
ing as about direct people and coordinate action of employee by director. Last thing to
do which realize aperson onmanagement position is controlled. Manager monitor func-
tion organization, compare results with appointment goals before4.
Henry Mintzberg distinguish from ten different role which perform manager
classify their three category: interpersonal (role represent, leader, communicator), infor-
mation (role observation, propagator, spokesman) anddecision (role corporate, coun-
teraction disturbance disruption, deponent stock and negotiator)5. Manager to achieve
success should also disputant particular skills: technical, interpersonal, concept also di-
agnostic and analytic. Technical ability are necessary to make or understanding tasks

S.P. Robbins, D.A. DeCenzo, Podstawy zarzdzania, prze. A. Ehrlich, (Warszawa: PWE, 2002), p.32.
Ibid., p. 34.
R. W. Griffin, Podstawy zarzdzania organizacjami, (Warszawa: PWN, 2001), pp. 52-53.
Management organization in structure social help on environmental of self-help home

with particular organization6. Interpersonal skills is to ,,ability establish contact , under-

standing and motivate both units, as well as groups7. Conception skills is ability depart-
ment from ability to abstract thinking8. Diagnostic skills and analytic isaskill, which are
,,enable for manager to design the most right reaction in data situation9.
Process managing applied is in organization set on profit for example in large
and small companies also in organizations not set on profit (not commercial) forexam-
ple in government organizations , educational, protection institutions health10. At last
article is characteristic process manage organ focused notforprofit, idea in standard
way and reflected measures financial gratification, butsuccess measure live particular
patients- environmental home self-help.

1. As amatter of function environmental house of self-help

Environmental home self-help ,has been institution form of support for people
treated as asocial eliminate from areason their disability physical and/or intellectual, re-
alize goals ,lying in the base of developed existing physical environmental care. Thought
institutionalization of help is in this type ofinstitution back on day care and support not
turnoff people ill/ disabled from life in acommunity mean as apresence, active and
fight to go back or get anew role in community.
Thickness conditions socially nature, indeed, determine although big chance
for people with disability, as it gives the hardest for her to go through is a beat bar-
rier, deep roots in astereotype, so line fear, perception differences. Although continuous
presence, continuity and dynamic relations between people withrelations in afamily,
peers, neighbors effectively thwart of fear disable/ill people before reality after hospital
or reality necessity to domesticated afterfinished period social education. That unique
possibility getting intoinitsown life by aill/disable , with protection, gives use of service
which gives them center day support named better center half way.
Environmental homes self-help are existing as an elements, found in modern
faze, of system care community for old people with physical bad conditions in itintellec-
tual disability. This ,,social system of support is very important for every person , and ill
particularly. This system normally in time ill stays considerably impoverishment and has
to slowly building up in time rehabilitation. In case unexpected crises, independent from
their reason, system of community support has full role security and supportive11 Idea
Ibid., p. 55.
Ibid., p. 56.
Ibid., p. 57.
Ibid., p. 57.
Ibid., pp. 59-60.
B. de Barbaro, K. Ostoja-Zawadzka, A. Cechnicki, You can help. Reference book for families of patients on
Anna Szalast, Joanna Sowak

of work homes on their thing disability, treated, or also experimental community exclu-
sion consists itself huge possibility consists. Environmental homes self-help perception
as half way center determine some kinds of bouncing point of knock out, point find bal-
ance between normality and not normality, between sickness and healthiness12.
Social life is lots of realistic relationships interpersonal. Relations, as exist be-
tween relatives in afamily, tribe on nation, are on some realistic. Everyday life of afamily
is constantly braid of relatives, co-operation, addictions, communal achieves est. Realis-
tic relations drop in also on the area of school, work place, community transport, and also
on the street. Those relations has different kind of character: physiological-emotional,
economical, professional, spatial, temporary.13 Relations that type are realistic, because
their subject andlimits are existence real-substance. Realistic is also fundamental this re-
lations: family connections, language- nation, economy, spatial-time etc14. Onbase this
realistic relations interpersonal also stimulating process is need being among and with
other people, although undeniable, human is social being, that is why has need inclu-
sively touch with agroup human beings: family, school, politics or social15 is build net of
support activation and wide idea of rehabilitation participation environmental homes.
Structure build-up system environmental care in their own assumptions has cre-
ate net between each other relationships and function ate on a role of organization
complementary. Constituent units local structure physical environmental care fasten
between resources in their variety has guaranty adult person with physical disability or
intellectual complex care, support and possibility of individual evaluation path.
In structure of the net institution support and physical team environmental care
could go in minimum: physical hospital or physical department in aregion hospital, day
physical department, consultation physical care, consultancy treatment addiction, con-
sultancy pedagogy- psychological, environmental home self- help or different day cen-
ter of support for people with bad physical conditions, residence protection, workshop
therapy classes, work institution protected and others.
Having on your mind different verity and result of that specific of function envi-
ronmental self-help homes, are depend on type (type A, B, C also mix types)16 you need

schizophrenia ill and disturbances shizo-type, (Krakw: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagielloskiego, 2005),
p. 77.
A. Szalast, Orodki poowy drogi: oidei funkcjonowania rodowiskowych domw samopomocy, In J. Ma-
ciaszek, P. Buco, Ochrona zdrowia psychicznego. Wybrane zagadnienia spoeczno-prawne , (Stalowa Wola:
Wydawnictwo KUL, 2011), p.120 (chosen pages: 112-121).
Ks. S. Kowalczyk Human and community. Zarys filozofii spoecznej, (Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL, 1996), p. 224.
Ibid., p. 224.
Ibid., p. 224.
Consistent typology with disposition Work Minister and Social Politician in case Environmental Homes
of Self-help from 9th of December 2010 year ; type A Prolonged patients ill mentally , type B for people
handicapped mentally, type C for human exerting others Prolonged disturbances mental action ;
Connection of type commits within the confines of one center.
Management organization in structure social help on environmental of self-help home

to point that management of process of rehabilitation care person demand lots of flex-
ibility and ruthlessness respect principle work individualization.
Responsibility for all rehabilitate impact in environment of a home self-help
isequally spread in particular parts element of frame essential. Humans who deal with
planning and realized goals rehabilitee for details participant due ateam supportive- ac-
tivated17. In ateam depot entre all workers of Environmental Home of Mutual aid, testify
services for people who we take care off. Particular role in ateam perform: psychologist,
pedagogy (especially entitlement to diagnose and therapy persons withintellectual dis-
ability), social employee also main assistant of a particular disable person, participate
direct in diagnostic process18.
Their keep signs massive difficulty contacts with others (or escalation tendency
to complete withdrawal from this contacts) demanding method violate beyond alone
pharmacotherapy. Generally define as their namely physiological rehabilitation.19 Point
of rehabilitation is to give good equipment to aill person with aphysic disorders in phys-
ical skills, intellectual and emotional needed forleaving, learning how to work in com-
munity, by less share own psychiatrics. Rehabilitation includes lots of effects towards pa-
tients, but also therapy andfamily education complete variety environmental actions20.
Points ofphysical rehabilitation realized in condition centre of day support areconcen-
trate round fortification ill/disabled in aim to self-realization by perform different social
role on base of many levels of support. This just adaption tosociety ,so purchase are right
as social competence , decide pillar process ofrehabilitation environmental home of
Reaches many dimensional needs with physical disorders, in it with intellectual
disability, justify need existed centers of day support also if necessary accept accuracy
tendency pushing out domination 24 hour care one thing impact in natural of environ-
ment of adisable person, in fact environmental treatment isrealized of therapy away
from hospital and special region in environment close to place to live.21 Towards analyze
factors influence on success of process rehabilitation also factors left in connection with

Internal structure is built according to disposition of minister of labor Environmental Home of Mutual aid
and social politics regarding environmental houses of mutual aid from day 9 December 2010 year, when
ever tongue is in disposition about group supportive-activism it belongs to understand chief of house - as
result and in house employee showing favor.
Diagnostic process understood as range of action executed after enclosure of incompetent person for
community of center of support environmental interview, diagnosis psychologically -pedagogical, compo-
sition of composite diagnostic documentation process of rehabilitation card diagnostic participant en
abling proficient planned Environmental Home of Mutual aid.
B. de Barbaro, K. Ostoja-Zawadzka, A. Cechnicki, Moesz pomc. Poradnik dla rodzin pacjentw chorych na
schizofreni izaburzenia schizotypowe, (Krakw: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagielloskiego, 2005), p. 67.
Ibid., p. 67.
Ibid., p. 67.

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process marginalization andsocial excluded statement that lead action from range as-
sure andrehabilitation inthe nearest environment to adisable person considerably has
impact on effect those actions and also which is incredibly essential, allows aperson ill/
disable for an active in social space in direction modeling attitude social and weaknesses
heart reactions towards people with disorders.
Continuity participation a person with mental disorders, in it with intellectual
disability ,in environment home self-help is, not like seem like could, continued actions
from the educated distance or therapy in hospital conditions but in away new road di-
rection finding self identity (identity podia geostatic), as adult person.
Noticeable individuality individual careers so also necessarily individualized ac-
tions towards their undertaken for one of most important goals of work supporting acti-
vated and therapist belongs to recognized maximize autonomy persons with aphysical
disability and/or intellectual. Although naturally, consequences life in autonomy and
preparing to new conditions of function isrevaluing in itself process upbringing adis-
able person. There is all about, byinmodel of upbringing go away to defect logical de-
termination priority of raise, which means from bringing up- adaptation to norm and
imaginations people fitted to concept integration est. This way binding most of all from
leaving from concept even shortage as under goal revalidation and knowledgeable in
realistic needs disable people.22
Summery idea of environmental function homes self-help shut down, first
ofall, in creative company, support of shoulder and share with its own wealthy energy
vitality during trips full of come back and leavings, starts and profits, full ofunexpected
circumstance, abundance in hope on satisfaction being yourself.23

2. Managing environmental home of self-help

Managing specific organization came in local composition unit structure social

help- environmental home self-help also representation their stress on outside lie on
shoulders of manager/director. Manager/ director entertain action as: planning, orga-
nized, leading and control. Environmental home of self-help active on basic existed law
acts also management of manager/director. Law acts designed better work DS is:

Act from day 12th of March 2004 year about social help ( Acts from 2009 year Number
175, position 1362 from later),
A. Krause, Czowiek niepenosprawny wobec przeobrae spoecznych, (Krakw: Oficyna Wydawnicza
Impuls, 2005), p. 64.
A. Szalast, Orodki poowy drogi: oidei funkcjonowania rodowiskowych domw samopomocy, in J. Ma-
ciaszek, P. Buco, Ochrona zdrowia psychicznego. Wybrane zagadnienia spoeczno-prawne (Stalowa Wola:
Wydawnictwo KUL, 2011), p. 120 (chose pages 112-121).

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Act from 5th of June 1998 year about self government section (Act from 2001 year
Number 142, position 1592 from later),
Act from 19th of August 1994 year about security physical health (Act from number
111 position 535 from later).
Act from day 27th of august 2008 year about public finance (Act Number 157 position
1240 later),
Act from day 21st of November 2008 year about participants self-government (Act
Number 223, position 1458 from later),
Managing Work Minister and Social Politics from day of 6th of December 2010 year in
case of environmental homes of self-help (Act number 238, position 1586),
Decree Organization.

Decree Work Minister and Social Politics from 2010 year in case ofenvironmen-
tal home of self-help describes: way of function at Environmental Home of Mutual Aid
, administration mode and accept to homes, qualification persons testify services, stan-
dard of services.24 Homes are divided on individual types in case of persons categories
for which are destined: type A- for people chronic physical ill, type B-for people handi-
capped intellectually also type C-for people demonstrate different chronic effects physi-
cal activities.25 Numbers of places at home placement in one building does not have to
be smaller than 15 and bigger than 60. Environmental Home of Self-help works almost
5 days aweek for 8 hours aday. At east by 6Horus aday are made classes with patients.
Time left distained is on different activities for example putting in order or preparing for
classes.26 Aperson apply for referral to home on stay testify conclusion to centre of social
help proper incondition on places of living. To conclusion adds family doctors certificate
also physical doctor or neurology in existed physical bad conditions. Team supportive-
activism work out individual plan of proceed on supportive- activism.27 Decree deter-
mine as well qualification director home, which should have high degree level on direc-
tion connected with testify service at home also at least half ayear practice of work on
position which had direct contact with persons with physical bad conditions. To practice
this add time of employee at home. Director of home employed physiology, pedagogic,
social participant, instructor of therapy classes, assistant of adisable person also others
specialists depend on which kind and range of services he testify.28

Regulations Minister Work at Politician Social from day 9th of December 2010 year in case environmental
homes of self-help, Dairy Act Number 238, Position. 1586.
V. Ibid., p. 1.
V. Ibid.
Ibid., p. 2.
Ibid., p. 2.
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Environmental employees of homes of self-help are obligate getting training

also experience in range of shape up in patients motivation to acceptation bysurround-
ings behaves, shape ups habits goals active also leading training social skill. Indicator
of employment is not less than one Etta on 7 patients athome type Aalso 5 patients at
home type B and C.
Actions undertaken by environmental home of self-help can be support byper-
sons with inside of for example voluntaries and members of family . Range of services
testify by home is following: function training in everyday life (forexample training of
care for outside look, hygienic learning, cookery training) training ability of interpersonal
and solution of problems (for example shape up positive relations patients with family)
training ability spending free time (forexample develop lecture interest, radio audition)
physical consultation, help for patients with getting office things, help in connecting to
health support, indispensable care, therapy movement (sport occupation, touristic) also
other forms preparing patients to share in workshop therapy occupation or take employ-
ment29. Service at home testify there are in forms classes team orindividual. Home can
be also make sure patients transport service count ondriving on classes from place of
living and driving back after classes30
Environmental home of self-help obligate is to guide individual documentation
also collective patients diaries document of work employee team support- activism. Pa-
tients submit conform their presence by sign in presence evidence ofhome. Insight to
documentation has manager/ director of home also employees team of support- activ-
ism renationalization to analysis individual plans proceedings support-activism. Law in
sign to documentation has overall persons entitle to control of home. Manager/director
elaboration report from activity home. Information in it detailed informations concern
minimum form and effective leading activity store of home numbers of patients which
left the home , numbers of patients participial activities, co-operation with others subject
of social help also price realized tasks together with consultations in it planned changes.
Report manager/director translate leading unit or ordering also right to matter ofsocial
help section office provincial. In present period process standardization services testify
by environment homes of self-help, embrace all sphere their function. Homes has adopt
it to requirement consist in lower decree until 31st ofDecember 2014 year.31
Regulation Organization Environmental Home of Selfhelp define organization,
goals and range testify services also system of control. Environmental homes ofself-help
are units from range of social care. Leading environmental home ofself-help is atask
and does not belongs to tasks our administrative district, what bind with the way their

Ibid., p. 3.
Ibid., p. 4.
Ibid., p. 5.
Management organization in structure social help on environmental of self-help home

financial also stability exist in front of possible changes of structure administrate dis-
trict. Manager/director present report, financial plan, information concern function
unit Administrate District. Patients accept are on foundation decision administration
of Director Administrate District Centre Help Family, published from authorization fore-
man. Supervision onfunction Environmental Home of Mutual Aid cause Foreman also
Office Provincial Department Social Politician. Structure organization presents in away
following manner: department administration- economic, department support- thera-
pist, department medical-rehabilitation. To jobs department administration-economic
due minimum leading accountancy budget, prepare financial reports, execute duties ac-
countancy-bookkeeper also planning and realization investment livelihood accommo-
dation in right clean condition, care about own things , proper care about business car
in it checking their technical condition also lead adequate documentation. As detail task
for individual position of work define director Environmental Home of Mutual Aid.32
Department support- therapeutic realization task from range of: diagnose in-
dividual needs and possibilities patients Environmental Home of Mutual Aid, elabora-
tion, realization, assessment and evolution plans behave support-activism, making sure
care while classes, planning and realization classes, in laboratory Environmental Home
of Mutual Aid, therapy and revolution patients, invitation patients to self-service, shape
up hygienic habit, develop self-service and social activity science independently func-
tion inenvironment, finical fitness exercise and manual patients, science communication
from surroundings, leading meetings with parents, social work with parents, consulta-
tion, help with in making case office also leading right documentation. Particular things
for particular employees sounds manager/director Environmental Home of Mutual Aid.33
Department medical- rehabilitee makes diagnose participants in away ofmedi-
cal- nursery, makes activity in minimum way of health education, trainings medical, re-
habilitation and ability of movement, sport classes, touristic and settlement matter office
also leading right documentation also making sure right care last during classes. 34
Goal of activity Environmental Home of Mutual Aid is to testify specialist services
caring, illness people ordisable. Those services embrace particularly services existence
(stay, meals, drove on classes), therapist (therapy classes, healthiness, rehabilitation,
physical therapy and pedagogic), guide, social work. Environmental Home of Mutual
Aid undertake activity aim at to hold and develop ability participant indispensable to
satisfaction needs life. To activities their aim: function training in everyday life, ability
to train interpersonal also developed problems, physical guide, care, help in access to
Regulamin Organizacyjny rodowiskowego Domu Samopomocy wJanowie Lubelskim, Zacznik
do uchway nr 11/35/11 Zarzdu Powiatu wJanowie Lubelskim zdnia 15 lutego 2011 roku, regulation
avaibble at e-mail adress:
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testify health, active therapy. Environmental Home of Mutual Aid testify their services
in forms individual classes or groups. Regular organized Environmental Home of Mutual
Aid define co-operation with institutions as: commute help center social or city center
of social help, district center help family in fact for home localization health care and
in especially divisions psychiatrist function in structure institution health care, district
office of work, organizations beyond, churches, culture centers, educational posts. This
co-operation has on goal making sure social integration participants also entertain func-
tion with range modeling environment community in direction form acceptation and
tolerance physical disability and intellectual. One the most important form of complex
affection both on patients of center as and on surrounding their the nearest surround-
ings environmental home of self-help.35
For organization also right action control environmental of home self-help re-
sponsible is manager/director Environmental Home of Mutual Aid. Confide on control
activity in range of action designation employees. Control is efficiency in figure com-
plex control whole shape function and tasks Environmental Home of Mutual Aid. Control
problems obtain selected questions. Control temporary rely on investigation definite ac-
tivity in action their execute, in goal arrangement if activity take place correct. As control
check up embrace investigation physical state also documentation mirror activity done.
Results inspected control right manager in goal of prevention arise abnormality.36
Manager/director in frames of execute tasks with range of planning organiza-
tion, leading and controlling spent appropriate decree-order function in support about
low legal. Manager/director introduce minimum list of documents bound with control
administrator in its own obligated all employees to get known and appropriate order.
List of documentation bound with control administrator fragmented is on region as en-
vironmental inside goal and managing risk mechanism control information and com-
munication also monitoring and grade.37 Region environment inside embrace manage
director as statute Environmental Home of Mutual Aid, regulation organized, regulation
work, regulation salary, guide qualification employees, procedures intake employee,
politic cadre, instruction investor instruction circuit and control documentation, regu-
lation of control outgoing middle publics, control regulation managed codex ethics
employee, regulation public orders, norms used diesel oil, team support-rehabilitee,
regulation laboratory therapeutic, regulation of stay, cards law and responsibilities par-
ticipants, procedures ofbuying and use materials therapeutic . ,,Goal and managing risk

Wykaz dokumentw zwizanych zkontrol zarzdcz, Zacznik nr 1do Zarzdzenia Nr 14/10 Kierownika
rodowiskowego Domu Samopomocy wJanowie Lubelskim zdnia 18 padziernika 2010 roku wsprawie
prowadzenia wykazu dokumentw zwizanych zkontrol zarzdcz oraz planu iharmonogramu kontroli
zarzdczej wDS wJanowie Lubelskim.
Management organization in structure social help on environmental of self-help home

,, embrace managing director concern politics managing risk registration control and
their documentation also plan control. Region ,,mechanic control,, embrace minimum
followed management director DS: regulation organized regulation work, condition
BHP and firework, Range of responsibilities and entitle ofresponsibilities, authorization
and power of attorney, financial- accountancy authorization, recommendation business
trips, road cards.38 Region information and communication embrace manager regula-
tions organized regulations work also range responsibilities, entitlement and responsi-
bility. Last form of region control manager is ,,monitoring and grade,, which embraced
managing manager: regulation organized, financial politics, grades study, essential and
financial report. Lawyers Environmental Home of Mutual Aid are obligated to get known
and use high mention decree.39 As look like control achieved by manager embrace whole
function Environmental Home of Mutual Aid also designation is ranks applied decree.
In goal assurance as the most effective and efficacy control director introduced
appropriate directive,, Code Ethic Employees Environmental Home ofSelf-help,,40 All em-
ployees are obligated to familiarization with code also warn theirs rule: rules law order,
not discrimination, co- mediocrity , prohibition abuse entitlement, principle impartiality
and independence ,objectivity, honesty, kindness, responsibility also rules acceptation
control administration.41
Manager/ director environmental home of self-help managing also state of peo-
ple by throughout education and also holds effective activation team of employee. Re-
alization Cadre Politician in Environmental Home of Mutual Aid has on goal formation
personal and reliable team of employee self- government, educate their posture and
standards behavior, making sure of stabilization professional and counteraction resigna-
tion from work making sure of professional stabilization and counteraction resignation
from work employees, evolution of system motivation also raise trust of patients of home
and their families by ensure specialist services provide by competence of employees.42
Cards politics is priorities region of managing DS.43 Strategy politics Cards is realized in
following areas planning human steering also intake employees, grade employees liveli-
hood employee also evaluation employees. Priority their politics is evolution employee
Zarzdzenie Nr 12/10 Kierownika rodowiskowego Domu Samopomocy wJanowie Lubelskim zdnia 18
padziernika 2010 roku w sprawie wprowadzenia Kodeksu Etyki Pracownikw rodowiskowego Domu
Samopomocy wJanowie Lubelskim
Kodeks Etyki Pracownikw rodowiskowego Domu Samopomocy w Janowie Lubelskim, Zacznik Nr
1 do zarzdzenia 12/10 Kierownika rodowiskowego Domu Samopomocy wJanowie Lubelskim zdnia 18
padziernika 2010 r.
Zarzdzenie Nr 10/10 Kierownika rodowiskowego Domu Samopomocy wJanowie Lubelskim zdnia 18
padziernika 2010 roku w sprawie wprowadzenia Polityki Kadrowej w rodowiskowym Domu Samopo
mocy wJanowie Lubelskim.
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by for formation conditions favorable getting high professional qualification of system

promote and reward also implementation future needs by director. Intake employees
is important areas strategic managing cadres.44 It is on concurrency and open. Opens
intake express in generalization information about free places of work in Public Bulletins
Information also on information board. Competition intake express in definition proce-
dure also tools which usage unable choose person the best prepared towork. Appraisal
employees move in goal getting higher quality and effectively of work, inform employee,
how evaluation their work also enable director togetting right cadre decision. Care and
development professional employees mirror leading politics tanning, which embrace ar-
rangement needs tanning, planning, realization also evaluation effective training.45
Regulation of Work define in detail responsibilities employer, responsibilities
ofemployees self-government, time of work, order and organization of work, way ex-
cuse lateness and not present at work also gives dismissing and holidays, terms of place
and time of salary, duty of security and hygienic work also security firework, of woman
condition and made giving prices and discrimination alsopunishment for violation order
and work discipline.46
Regulation visit in environmental home self-help definition in detail rules direc-
tion to environmental home of self-help, screen cross out from the list of patients, law
and duty patients.

3. Manage process of rehabilitation

On effective realization of goals on status environmental home of self-help basic

effect has planning but also realization particular stages of action undertake towards
people we care for, folding in to management of procedures andrehabilitation processes
given participant. Those management constituent also ofall rehabilitation process exist
second level of function organization social help, which is environmental home of self-
help, as different centre of day support, realized analogical status goals.
On rehabilitation process (physical) in aframe of participation of aphysical dis-
abled person and/or intellectual in environment of ahome self-help consist of:

Interview environmental( as element of individual diagnose),

prepare diagnose individual (separate psychological, pedagogic and others
unanimously with demand also analyze accessible documentation for example:
medical, education, law)

Regulamin Pracy w rodowiskowym Domu Samopomocy w Janowie Lubelskim, zacznik do Zarzdzenia
Kierownika rodowiskowego Domu Samopomocy wJanowie Lubelskim zdnia 16 czerwca 2009 roku.
Management organization in structure social help on environmental of self-help home

observation participant in period adaptation in conditions function is centre (as

element diagnose individual also as form verification won data which often give
in change in the mean time of a ill/disable person conditions using from service
prepare individual plan behave support-activism
realize goals individual plan proceedings support- activism (in data forecast in plans
period right with individual well-chosen method ),
contains appraisal function participant by assistant leaded (formal documentation
observation changes function participant-every week
presence individual plan proceedings supporting- activism (achieving period- every
half a year- realization goal plan ,mark function participant, mark adjective goals
selected applied work method).


There we have to point out that direction process rehabilitation participant envi-
ronmental home self-help proclaim important part of success manage organization and
itself community patients of ahome is an element basic filler exist unit whereas to higher
by unit efficiency cooperative in range behavior continuous work individual organization
cells could contribute rational organization division tasks sides standardize middle and
work tools patient assure right to level development mind patients and their possibilities
individual notebooks, lecture, help science, selected audition and radio together analyze
and introduce uniform work method in range patients at school, boarding-school, inter-
net and class therapy, arrangement plan of studying, therapy and technique gathering,
repeating and strengthen recognize messages planed from truss teaching with everyday
situation in life groups educational and others cells organizations post.47
Planning and by the same time realize process rehabilitation in forms ofpartici-
pation of aperson disability in environmental homes self-help starts at the moment ex-
ceed by patient doorstep home. Regular diagnose possible preference needs not holds
as with switching off aperson needs with social contacts inside centre. In front of this
impact diagnostic with use of standardized method48 are supported by observation
in condition aconditioner patient to demand new group social also receive particular
rules behave inside institution, regular minimum regulations. Necessary approach activ-
ity diagnostic is justify statement that human is part of cosmos but simultaneously is
existence uniquely. This immanent towards world material despite this is also towards
L. Ploch, Wczanie spoeczne wplacwce specjalnej, (Warszawa: Publishing Difin, 2011), pp. 130-131.
Proper methods standardized for given member group of support-activism i.e. psychological tests and
pedagogical. Diagnosis of participant is composed on its requirement of effective use of favor of center
Environmental Home of Mutual Aid and bringing up of quality of service of this favor. It does not define
legal fixing requirements precisely and diagnostic methods, so, data of centers considerably differ in ap
proach for and realization of diagnostic process.
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him transcendental. This is aperson and atthe same time ahuman. Characteristic human
being but most of all describe it, next point out on her fundamental property and discuss
their ontological structure.49 Point out demand fact importance diagnose on area of
pedagogy special which has fundamental meaning for all rehabilitation process and first
of all for unit diagnosed and their parents. Diagnose makes aperson handicapped, but
exactly the same beaver before diagnose and after it. Getting official, formal and special-
ist information about diagnosed automatic condition turn on it in other social existence
area. Diagnose changes identity.50
Function gathering information about paper in center result from fact of needs
making sure their right care help professional prophylaxis better understanding their au-
thentic interest and possibilities. Information has to enable realize wide idea individualist
in action didactic and upbringing favors to rather positive bond emotional with pupils,
but also accept the most optimal for specified group ofpatients model action enable
realized strategy in social incorporation.51
Glance for participant Environmental Home of Mutual Aid as huge richness pos-
sible development, unrealistic intheir potential visualize fact that human being appear
seem has double element constrictive ontological axiological. On surface ontological
person isconstitute by specific reality substantial homely real existed nature intelligent-
ly. Second measurement aperson is sphere higher value, especially logos andethos. Per-
son is someone, who is able to actualization truth and good. Those values has always
dimension social because person with their own nature is subject between aperson si-
multaneously definition approach to construct individual plan52 supportive activism53
with behave rolls respected needs intellectual evaluation emotional but also spiritual.
Entertain advisability active in direction changes in any from share patient func-
tion establish using connections won actual data with information as possession al-
though action in precinct about participant right with postulate co-operation.54
In frames function day center support-activism contain establishment from range social
rehabilitation are define individual on base diagnose support minimum at:

analyse access (deliver by participant) documentation ;

S. Kowalczyk, Czowiek aspoeczno. Zarys filozofii spoecznej, (Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL, 1996), p. 108.
D. Baczaa, Niepenosprawno intelektualna a kompetencje spoeczne, (Toru: Wydawnictwo Naukowe
Uniwersytetu Mikoaja Kopernika, 2012), p. 48.
L. Ploch, Wczanie spoeczne wplacwce specjalnej, (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Difin, 2011), p. 127.
S. Kowalczyk, Czowiek aspoeczno. Zarys filozofii spoecznej, (Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL, 1996), p. 11.
According to disposition of minister of labor and social politics proceed regarding environmental houses
of mutual aid from day 9 December 2010 year whenever tongue is in disposition about it proceed indi
vidual plan support-activism established belongs to understand - as result, for requirements properly and
capabilities of each psychophysical participants, kind and range of favor showed in house.
L. Ploch - Postulate of cooperation understood as ability to analyzing of result of information piled with
data earlier concerning e.g. school failures .
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interview environmental (assessment social situation);

separately diagnoses: physiological and pedagogic ;
observation participant during visit in centre in period expectancy on acceptance
in period to three months after direct (period destined on carry out physical
and pedagogic diagnose, introduction identification on surface after potential
development dominant problems also preference and talent)

Accuracy and reliability diagnose inconspicuously condition adequate prepare

individual plan supportive activation and in some success process of rehabilitation of
After diagnostic process exist also on many areas as in co-participant patient
home or therapist generate success or fiasco undertake action. For the most essential
elements managing process rehabilitation conditions environmental home self-help
recognize can:

patient diagnose environmental home self-help (possible introductory diagnose of

a person with disability waiting for acceptance to Environmental Home of Mutual
evaluation plan supporting activation,
attitude and quality of work leader assistant,
quality personal contact essential centre with family/ guardian,
involvement members of family and guardian in process their rehabilitation
(understood as presentation attitude openness in sphere generalization ability),
co-operative members of team supporting- activation,
co- operative cadre therapist from cadre administration centre.

(reference: our own)

Manage rehabilitation physical process of patients environmental home self-
help determine basic management element organization- specific unit social help. Their
effective whereas it is accidental co-function many factor with both plane with different
scene build success one theater. Success coming back and finding by patients home
yourself own in reality with sickness and disability.

A. Szalast,Osoby zniepenosprawnoci intelektualn worodku wsparcia dziennego, Niepenosprawno
i Rehabilitacja No. 1/2012, (Warszawa: Instytut Rozwoju Sub Spoecznych, 2012), pp. 33-34
(chose pages: 31-40).

Anna Szalast, Joanna Sowak


Environmental home self-help system element of social care testify on thing

of adult persons with physical disorder in it with disability intellective act in fact role
in process integration social also prophylactic marginalization and social exclude social
member burden weight our own disability or disability close person. In front of achieve
on base programs safety of physical health, reorganization general country system of
care over persons with problem disorders and/or physical ill center of support day start
fulfill in local structure help key role. Named center halfway fill institution low, fulfill de-
mands letting as well for continuation treatment and therapy started on way of hospi-
talization, as and on incorporation new, alternative ours all its own forms impacts into
To testify services were performed on as highest level as needed is compe-
tent and high qualified cadre of employees also effective of managing whole function
of home. Hole whole function to two plane designation specific of center support day
among type numbers unit in structure social care: function environmental home self-
help as organization unit social help also function members ofcommunity home (cadre
therapist and participants) in process rehabilitation. Managing whole institution sit on
direction/manager which to organized, planning also monitoring function of the institu-
tion. That is why his competence andabilities managing huge measure depend on good
luck making decision infront of participants at home and as well as natural links social
support which are their families. General creed are straight with law acts determine law
fix andby the way guarantee quantity of service. Use and interpretation needs natural
law and there are the same general through process of managing environmental home
of self-help not right laying in competence manager/director unit together with their
individual predisposition managing. Having on attention also specific all with function
center of day support/environmental home self-help also individual character manag-
ing, right manager/director principle is being imagination that statement, that every
from centers should as the same function attitude exist as separate its own form of sup-
port persons disable in local structure social help.

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Kamil Augustyn, Kazimierz W. Krupa, Wojciech Krupa, Pavlo Skotnyy, Anna Zieliska

Kamil Augustyn
PhD student at Rzeszow University, Poland

Prof. PhD Kazimierz W. Krupa

Rzeszow University, Poland

Wojciech Krupa
Specialist of Business Consulting

Pavlo Skotnyy, PhD

Drohobych University, Ukraine

Anna Zieliska
PhD student at Rzeszow University, Poland



Open economy tools include capital intellectual and Human Capital Manage-
ment Solutions. Wemethodologists and process designers determinants open economy
have been designing complex systems without characterizing the active components
of our systems, known to be highly non-linear and variable (people). This paper outlines
selected aspects of an open economy and projects Ireviewed on the way to making this
stupendously obvious but notable discovery and four characteristics of people that most
affect methodology design and project outcome e.g. TBE.

1. Aspects of an open economy

New era of open economy e.g. TBESM had enjoyed along continuous, andrichde-
velopment over pas two centuries with contributions from some of the worlds most
distinguished economists, including: R. Bazylevich, . arnick, Y. Malhotra, J.Mihasiuk,
S. Panchyshyn, and D. Salvatore. We will be examining the contribution made by each
ofthese, and by other great economists in the following chapters. Other special branches
ofnew economics are of more recent vintage, and none can claim suchadistinguished
list ofcontributors and background2.

Paper presents effect of realization of project N N115 408840 Intellectual Capital as the acceleration of
development of information society, Faculty of Economics, Rzeszow University, Cwiklinska 2, 35601Rzeszow,
See: J. Amman, T. Carpenter, G. Neff, Surviving the New Economy, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2007
Selected aspects of an open economy

Twenty-first century businesses worldwide operate in an environment where

forces - such as globalization, technology, Internet, deregulation, restructurings and
changing consumer expectations - are creating much uncertainty and prodigious risks.
Consider, for example, that no force is having as great an impact on business today
astheInternet. Andas the Internet evolves, companies in all industries are rethinking
thebasics: business models, organizational change, core strategies and target customer
bases. These new developments create new issues related to risk and risk management
(Goodwillcategory). Managing risk on an integrated and enterprise-wide basis is avital
issue confronting executives, with the CFO akey decision-maker in crafting the compa-
nys strategy. R.Bazylevich speaks, Ithink the point to risk management is not to try and
operate yourbusiness in arisk-free environment. Itstotip the scale to your advantage
(e.g.Aeropolis). Soit becomes strategic rather than just defensive (spin-off ).
In todays turbulent global economy, financial executives must manage finan-
cial performance while keeping up with the faster pace of business and huge amounts
ofnew data pouring in from the Internet. Indicator ICT, Neural Network, Capital Intel-
lectual, Algorithm GROVERA and SAS Financial Management Solutions help you capital-
ize on the global economy, by giving you the ability to drive change instead of merely
reacting to it (goodwill3). You get a clear, balanced view of your business so you can
make thedecisions that align with overall corporate goals. Youcan combine traditional
measures, such as income statements and balance sheets, with intangible assets such
as the value ofyourcustomers, products andservices. And you can use the results of
financial decision making tooptimize performance in every corner of your organization.
Executives, managers anddistributed teams need accurate, up-to-date information for
decision making, andtheyneed it faster than ever. For IT departments, the challenge is
to deliver information toanincreasing number of users inavariety of formats without
raising operational costs. SAS Business Intelligence empowers users by giving them ac-
cess to information in the format they need, when they need it (think again). The solu-
tion provides integrated enterprise architecture with targeted user interfaces to allow
information access, analysis and reporting for different types of users. SAS Business Intel-
ligence is one of five integrated elements thatcomprise the SAS Intelligence Value Chain,
a framework that optimally integrates individual technology components within your
existing infrastructure (Economic accelerator of development).

and D. Salvatore, International Economics, New York: Macmillan, 1990, p. 7.

Goodwill can often arise when one company is purchased by another company. In an acquisition,
theamountpaid for the company over book value usually accounts for the target firmsintangibleassets.
Goodwill is seen asan intangible asset on the balance sheet because it is not aphysical asset such as build-
ings andequipment.Goodwill typically reflects the value of intangible assets such as astrong brand name,
goodcustomer relations, good employee relations and any patents or proprietary technology (http://www.
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In era digital amethodology Knowledge Management contains nine basic elements:

quality measures,
roles people (Capital Intellectual).

People, as active devices, have success modes and failure modes. The following
arethemain ones that Ihave named and used to date:

1. People are communicating beings, doing best face-to-face, in person, withreal-time

question and answer (rethinking).
2. People have trouble acting consistently over time.
3. People are highly variable, varying from day to day and place to place.
4. People generally want to be good citizens, are good at looking around, takinginitiative,
and doing whatever is needed to get the project to work (forsite).

Three success modes counter the consistency problem:

people are generally interested in being good citizens,

people take initiative,
people are good at looking around.

So far, and even today some people like to make lists, some dont. Some work best nights,
some work best in the morning. Some like deadlines, some dont. Groups vary similarly. Some
cultures prize public self-scrutiny, others shelter people fromembarrassment, and so on.
Business Intelligence worked on carefully curate data in the data warehouse.
ButnowBusiness Intelligence has to bring together ahuge diversity of information in-
cluding data inthe data warehouse, data in enterprise apps, documents in content man-
agement systems orfile servers, plus blog posts, twitter feeds, and user reviews from the
Internet. Andnow, more people rely on this growing diversity of information for more
and more kinds of daily decision-making.

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2. Capital Intellectual of era new business and Human Capital

Management Solutions4

K. E. Sveiby believes, new strategies for business success based on shifting thefocus from
information to knowledge:

1. Fifty percent of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. canbedescribed asknowl-

edge companies - those that employ highlyskilled, highly educated people who sell
their knowledge ratherthanproducts (capital intellectual, Think Tank, TBE people).
2. Provides tools for measuring intangible assets such as competent andcreative em-
ployees (forsite), patents, brand names, and company reputation.
3. Some archetypal knowledge companies are consultancy firms, advertising agencies,
software companies, and architecture firms ( era redesigning).

Few of todays companies improve performance through knowledge or learn-

ing. Thisisbecause few managers understand how to make abusiness of knowledge.
Theyfocuson explicit knowledge (information) instead of implicit human knowledge. In-
vestingininformation technology instead of in people, they only know how to measure
performance in money5.
According to Patrick H. Sullivan identifying afirms assets, especially its intellec-
tual assets the proprietary knowledge expressed as arecipe, formula, trade secret, inven-
tion, program, or process-has become critical to acompanys overall vision andstrategic
plan andessential in such transactions as stock offerings or mergers6. In the era of the
knowledge-based company, where the firms genius and future liesin its ideas, afirms
collective knowhow has become ameasurable commodity and as much apart of its bot-
tom line asthecondition of its cash investments, plant, and equipment. Extracting and
measuring thereal value of knowledge is essential forany corporate head who knows
how high thestakes have become for corporate survival in the information age, where
the innovative idea is as good as, if not better than, gold (see: Thomas A. Stewart, Intel-
lectual Capital: TheNew Wealth ofOrganizations, Crown Business, 1998). Value-Driven In-
tellectual Capital (VDIC) isacorporate and financial executives idea to the new world of
intangible assets -whatthey are and how to convert them into cash or strategic position.
This creative concept oftheseminal thinkers in the field, and the key organizer of the
ICM Gathering7, agroupofleading-edge knowledge-based companies (spillovers). VDIC
All see: . arnick, K.W. Krupa, P. Skotnyy, Business Intelligence: Theory and Practice, Rzeszow Koice:
University ofEconomics in Bratislava, University of Rzeszow, 2011.
K.E. Sveiby, The New Organizational Wealth: Managing and Measuring Knowledge-Based Assets, Berrett
Koehler Publishers, 1997.
P.H. Sullivan, Value Driven Intellectual Capital: How to Convert Intangible Corporate Assets into Market Value,
Wiley & Sons, 2000.
More see: Directions.pdf
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explains the new, boundary expanding world of intellectual assets - where translating
an innovative idea intobottom-line profits involves atightly focused strategy with clear
directives for making ithappen (nospinoff ). Ablueprint for turning corporate knowl-
edge, know-how, andintellectual property into asustainable competitive weapon that
will build afirms reputation and market share, this practical, insightful outlines:

Basic concepts underlying IC (intellectual capital) and corporate value creation.

The linkage between IC, business strategy, and profits.
The different kinds of value-including qualitative and quantitative - firms realize from
their intellectual capital.
Activities required to produce the value firms desire from their intellectual capital.
Methods for calculating the dollar value of companies for market capitalization and
mergers or acquisitions.
An economic model of an intellectual capital company.

Important is avaluable distillation for corporate and financial executives, man-

agers, researchers, and analysts of ICs basic working concepts and definitions (Economic
accelerator of development e.g. Accelerator 068). Very important is the principles under-
lying value creation and value extraction, the concepts and strategies used by successful
companies, the sources of value for knowledge companies, and the mechanisms used to
convert that value into real profits. And since it is managerial talent that turns intellectual
property into business assets, the book provides an arsenal of key concepts, methods,
and processes for aligning withand using intellectual property as an active element of
afirms business strategies (Goodwill accounting e.g. SFAS 1429). It concludes with adis-
cussion of how value isextracted from human capital, focusing on its elusive magnetic
core-creativity and productivity. In an era in which firms are increasingly accountable
toshareholders andsuccess is judged solely by stock price, knowing how tomeasure
and extract the value ofafirms intellectual assets has become one of themost critical
and essential skills needed by CEOs and CXO today (spin out). Reflecting the most inno-
BUSINESS ACCELERATOR 06 is the founding event of the market of innovation of the region, dedicat-
edtoentrepreneurs looking to sell their first product / service innovative and / or seeking financing toac-
celerate their development. The originality of Business Accelerator 06 is its ability to establish and boost
business relationships within region Nice. 40 innovative companies are expected, buyers / decision makers
(large accounts) investors (with an emphasis on private investors, individuals and investment funds) and
accompanying experts present on territory Nice. Business Accelerators 06 organized by the group Chain of
Innovation oftheSED Committee (Sustainable Economic Development) of UPE06 (http://investincotedazur.
com/en/ newsletter/january-26-business-accelerator-06-nice-acropolis.101216&artid=act9730).
The New Accounting Treatment of Goodwill - SFAS 142 (Statement of Financial Accounting Standards
(SFAS) No. 142). SFAS 142 made two major changes to goodwill accounting:
Amortization of all goodwill ceased, regardless of when it originated. Goodwill is now carried
asanasset without reduction for periodic amortization.
Companies are to assess goodwill for impairment at least annually. If goodwill is impaired,
its carrying amount is reduced and an impairment loss is recognized (
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vative thinking from some ofthemost sophisticated firms inthe world, Sullivans Value
Driven Intellectual Capital isamanifesto, aclarion call to excellence for any corporate or
financial executive, merger and acquisition partner or investor who understands how
much future corporate survival andsuccess depends on the simple enduring genius of
agood idea and the need toconvert those ideas into corporate value (spinnaker knowl-
Mark Smith speaks, measuring knowledge capital a plethora of methods10
(effectleverage). There is growing criticism that the traditional balance sheet does not
take account of those intangible factors that largely determine acompanys value and
its growth prospects. The unreported assets are on average 10-15 times those of the
tangible assets. Furthermore, several studies show that future growth isdetermined not
by historical financial accounts but by factors such as management skills, innovation
capability, brandsandthecollective very know-how oftheworkforce. More consequently
more organizations are starting to address the measurement and management of
intangible assets such as knowledge. Thosewho do so cite several benefit:

It more truly reflects the actual worth of the company;

The process of measurement gives insights into the drivers of sustainable
Demands are growing for effective governance of intangibles, of which social
andenvironmental reporting are already evident;
What gets measured, gets managed - it therefore focuses on protecting and growing
those assets that reflect value;
It supports acorporate goal of enhancing shareholder value;
It provides more useful information to existing and potential investors (see: Mark
Smith, BI Is Serious Business,, 2010).

Big research found over 50 different measurement methods, which we have

grouped into four main approaches under the acronym ABBA. The four approaches
formeasuring intangible, not mutually exclusive are:
1. Asset - valuing knowledge as an asset, potentially tradable;
2. Benefits - focusing on the benefits of aKM programmed;
3. Baseline - assessing Knowledge Management effectiveness as a basis for year-on-
year comparison;
4. Action - focusing on performance measurement.
Larissa T. Moss and Shaku Atre speak, while playing an important part, crit-
icsofsuchmeasures argue that they are static measures and do not help managers iden-

See more:, pp. 3-7.
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tify the underlying cause and effect11. The last few years has seen the development of
new kinds of scorecard thatare more directly helpful tounderstanding your intellectual
capital. Theoneswe have identified as significant are:

The Skandia Navigator (a kind of balanced scorecard) and its underlying value
creation model (http://www.intellectual
Karl Erik Sveibys Intangible Assets Monitor - this divides intangible assets intoexternal
structure, internal structure and competence of people (see: http://www.sveiby.
The Inclusive Value Methodology of Professor Philip MPherson. This combines
financial and non-financial hierarchies of value.
IC Rating of Intellectual Capital Sweden - also ahierarchy but adds arisk factor.
The IC Index@reg;, of Intellectual Capital Services - this combines value drivers in
adistinction tree (hierarchy)13.
The Danish template developed in a3-year in-depth project by the Danish Ministry
of Industry.
The VAICTM (Value Added Intellectual Coefficient) method fromtheIntellectual Capital
Research Centre in Zagreb.

Each of these methods e.g. ICM Gathering, has some interesting charac-
teristics, but unlike raw balanced scorecards, they variously help managers focus,
notjustonthecomponents of value, but on trends, momentum, underlying factors, in-
teractions andsensitivities to risk (spin out).

More see: L.T. Moss, S. Atre, Business Intelligence Roadmap: the Complete Project Lifecycle for Decision-Sup-
port Applications, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2003.
Edvinsson and Malone, report 90 measures in 5 groups developed by insurance company Skandia
Financial (20): income per employee, market value per employee etc.
Customer (22): number of customer visits, satisfied customer index, lost customers.
Process (16): administrative error rate, IT expense per employee.
Renewal and Development (19): training per employee, R&D expense/administrative expense, sat-
isfied employee index.
Human (13): leadership index, employee turnover, IT literacy.
This is part of abalanced score-card that adds non-financial measures alongside financial measures
as a tool for managers and a measure of overall performance. Our research shows that another balance
isalsoimportant. This is the balance between indicators that represent inputs, processes and outputs afea-
ture not explicit inmethods like the Skandia Navigator.
Intellectual Capital Services Ltd. (ICS) is astrategy consulting firm and think tank in the fields of:
1. Innovation management.
2. Value measurement.
3. Strategy and management of Intellectual Capital.
4. Strategic learning experiences.
ICS is aLondon-based consultancy firm, founded by Professor Gran Roos. The company has built
anextensive consultancy business and academic network over the past decades. ICS has achieved recog-
nized leadership in intellectual capital as evidenced by adominant position in academic publications and
numerous independent references for best practice (see:
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3. Open economy influences and inspirations - creative projects being

implemented inthe Venetian Metacluster

To implement the most important determinants of the new economy, the Meta-
cluster promoted and carried out adiverse set of projects14:

BORSA DELLA BIOEDILIZIA (The Eco-building Fair) and participations inother FAIRS
and EVENTS (Figure 1).
Borsa della Bioedilizia (Eco-building Fair), in order to:
have the companies that belong to the cluster get in touch with one another;
have the public know the initiatives which the Metacluster promoted, carriedout or
just participated in;
have the companies that belong to the Metacluster get in touch with foreign
companies and players;
update the knowledge about eco-building at an international, nationalorregional
level (reconnect guide).

In order for the adhering companies to be known, the participation in sectoral

fairs ishighly recommended. Such fairs include: Ecobuild (London), Terra Futura (Firenze),
SANA (Bologna), Progetto Fuoco (Verona), Solar Expo (Verona).

See more: A. Tormena, Venetian Metacluster for Sustainable Building Solutions, TrevisoItaly,
June04, 2012, Pdf, pp. 1-21.
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Figure 1. Eco-building Program

Source: A. Tormena, Venetian Metacluster for Sustainable Building Solutions, TrevisoItaly, June 04, 2012, Pdf, pp. 1-21

Very interesting is the A.T.T.E.S.S. project. ATTESS is a regional project, start-

ed in 2010, promoted by Meta Distretto della Bio-edilizia (eco building cluster), Tre-
visoProvince, some municipalities and schools. The A.T.T.E.S.S. project, whichwaspro-
moted and designed by the Venetian Metacluster for Sustainable Building Solutions
in partnership with the Venetian Cluster for Cultural Heritage and with the IUAV Uni-
versity of Venice aims to define the modalities through which to intervene on histori-
cal buildings according to energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and indoor
well-being (Figure 2). ATTESS has been set up to give micro and SMEs the opportunity
to adopt environmentally friendly & market oriented solutions and technologies adapt-
ed to the preservation of historical buildings in Veneto Region15. This choice is based
upontheawareness that promoting urban and buildings redevelopment as well as op-
erating on the historical building stock following both environmental sustainability and

See more:
Selected aspects of an open economy

conservation is consistent with sustainable development. It is also capable of increas-

ing its function and value, and therefore its useful for its conservation. Furthermore,
intervening onthehistorical building stock spurs anew economy within the building
sector that, contrarily to what happens in new buildings, doesntdissipate the territory
anditcurbs theneed for the extraction of raw materials. Beforedelving into the project
description, itseems useful to make clear that the ATTESS project was focused on the
historical building stock, meaning those buildings which were built with traditional con-
struction techniques, where the materials of the local building tradition mingled with
pre-industrial technologies. Such definition allowed to set a precise theoretical time
frame for the research, markedbytheuse of concrete andpre-industrialized technolo-
gies. While defining thehistorical building stock, theenvironmental framework inwhich
the building is located and of which its part and parcel. Therefore, three reference ambits
were found: urban,periurban andextra-urban.

Figure 2. The A.T.T.E.S.S. project map sector localization

Source: A. Tormena, Venetian Metacluster for Sustainable Building Solutions, TrevisoItaly, June 04, 2012,
Pdf, pp. 1-21
Another creative program is called Ecomake (eco native). The first Ecomake edi-
tion highly interested national and local authorities, sectoral players and companies,
the press, television broadcasting companies and online media, and the audience,
which was motivated, and thus participated actively in the fair (http://www.ecomake.

Kamil Augustyn, Kazimierz W. Krupa, Wojciech Krupa, Pavlo Skotnyy, Anna Zieliska

it /2012/ HOME/ Default.html). The 2012 edition featured theparticipation of WHO Re-
gional Office for Europe, whose representative gave aspeech on Environmental burden
of disease associated with inadequate housing, the summary report of which was trans-
lated into Italian and handed over to the participants (Figure 3). The fair focused on the
event called Building thefuture of the building sector in Veneto, which was an impor-
tant institutional event to relaunch the building sector using the opportunities offered
by the green economy.

Figure 3. Project ECO(MAKE( - second edition

Source: A. Tormena, Venetian Metacluster for Sustainable Building Solutions, TrevisoItaly, June 04, 2012,
Pdf, pp. 1-21

The Metacluster has envisaged a plan addressed to companies that provides

a qualification with the best personal of a credit upon successfully passing an exam.
Theeducation plan consists of:

Preparatory workshop e.g. Chinalco plan;

Different basic modules for builders, thermotechnical, electrical and photovoltaic
Cross-sectoral workshops (win-win);
Specialization courses;
Update courses.

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This project is successfully implemented since 2009. It addresses the issue

throughaholistic approach, it is based on public private partnerships (e.g. BOAO Forum);
the quality of its results ensured by having involved a well known and qualified body
(inthiscase: ecobuilding cluster) and offers training courses (thenew skills are akey point
inthis project; technical steerign committee assesses&analyses the results of the project).

4. Determinants of an open economy - the efficiency of EU development

policies (theeconomic debate)

The stages of economic integration trimming to the determinants of EU coun-

tries aremainly open economy (Table 1):
Free trade areas:
Free trade between members, different external tariffs;
Little or no institutional co-ordination.
Customs union:
Free trade between members and common external trade restriction;
Common regulatory bodies.
Common (or single) markets:
Removal of all barriers to free factor mobility;
Free mobility of goods, capital, labour, and services;
Greater level of regulation and strong institutions to monitor decisions adopted by
member states (forsite special).
Economic union:
Harmonisation of economic policies (generally monetary or fiscal policy);
Members give up powers. Strong central institutions which dictate common
economic policy.
Complete economic integration:
All economic policy areas are harmonised;
The capacity of states to implement independent policies disappears;
Central institutions become the centres of economic decision-making.
Level of integration Main features Period
Free trade area Free trade among members From 1958 to the early 1960s
Free trade with acommon external tariff In theory from 1958, in reality from the
Customs union early 1960s until 1993
Free mobility of factors across member 1993-1999
Common market states
Early stages in 1993. Partial economic
Economic union Harmonization of economic policy union in1999
Economic integration Completely unified economic policy Not yet achieved
Table 1. The stages of economic integration
Source: A. Rodrguez-Pose, The European Union: Economy, Society, and Polity, Oxford University Press, Oxford
2002, ISBN 0-19-874286-X, 218 p.
Labour will flow to high cost areas;
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Endogenous growth theory and new economic geography:

Disparities will even out and policies are not needed.
Greater accessibility, higher skills, and greater capacity to generate and assimilate
innovation will lead to the concentration of economic activity;
Neoclassical growth theories:
Adevelopment policy is needed in order to counterbalance thistendency.
Classical Ricardian trade theory:
Decreasing returns to scale will lead to convergence;
Factor endowment is less important;
Integration leads to arearrangement of economic activity;
Even without economic integration;
Investment and innovation will flow to low cost areas;
Labour will flow to high cost areas;
No need for development policies.
Disparities will even out and policies are not needed.
Neoclassical growth theories:
Economic theory is inconclusive about the territorial impact of economic
Decreasing returns to scale will lead to convergence;
integration without economicvibration economy).
No need for development policies.
A development
Economic policy is needed
theory is inconclusive about the in orderimpact
territorial to achieve greater
of economic economic
and social vibration
cohesion. Eacheconomy).
additional step towards economic integration has been
A development policy is needed in order to achieve greater economic and social
accompanied by cohesion policies (graph 1) (system reconnect policy):
cohesion. Each additional step towards economic integration has been accompanied
bycohesion policies (graph 1) (system reconnect policy):

Single European Market Reform of Structural Funds

European Monetary Union (EMU) Cohesion Fund

Graph 1. Cohesion policies

Source: own elaborate
Graph 1. Cohesion policies
Source: own elaborate
Political belief that EMU is likely to lead to aconcentration of economic activity.
Thisis achieved by inter alia:
Cohesion Fund established to provide financial contribution to projects inthefields
of environment and trans-European networks. Since the Reform, the four Cohesion
countries have converged to the EU average:
Greatest convergence in Ireland;
Lowest convergence in Spain.
Convergence EU (graph 2) has also been fuelled by slow economic growth
inthecore especially in Finland, Germany, Italy, and Sweden but divergence within states
(graph 3, 4).

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Graph 2. European convergence GDP per capita

Source: A. Rodrguez-Pose, The European Union: Economy, Society, and Polity, Oxford University Press,
Oxford 2002, ISBN 0-19-874286-X, 218 p.
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convergence - Italy and
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2002, ISBN
Press, 0-19-874286-X,
Oxford 2002, ISBN218 p.
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Graph 4. European convergence - Greece and UK

Graph 4. European convergence - Greece and UK
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Source: A. Rodrguez-Pose, The European Union: Economy, Society, and Polity, Oxford University
2002, ISBNOxford
Press, 0-19-874286-X, 2180-19-874286-X,
2002, ISBN p. 218 p.

TheThe expected
expected benefits
benefits ofofeconomic
integration (graph
(graph 5):
saving effects:effects:
Cost saving
Static trade effect: benefits reaped from allowing public authorities to buy from the
Static trade effect: benefits reaped from allowing public authorities to
cheapest suppliers;
buy from the cheapest suppliers;
Competition effect: Downward pressure on prices as a result of greater
competition;Competition effect: Downward pressure on prices as a result of
Restructuring effect: Reorganisation of industrial sectors and individual companies
as aresult of greater competition (international economy).

Other possible Restructuring
benefits: effect: Reorganisation of industrial sectors and

individual companies
Benefits on investment,as a innovation
result of greater competition of
(rationalisation (international economy).
R&D expenditure) andgrowth
(eco progress);
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Savings for the public sector (lower government subsidies for inefficient);
Firms and global cooperation
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on investment, debate).(rationalisation of R&D expenditure)
and growth (eco progress);


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Graph 5. Estimation of benefits
Source: A. Rodrguez-Pose, The European Union: Economy, Society, and Polity, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2002
The efficiency of EU development policies:
Over time, there has been no change in the Cohesion States.
The number of regions qualifying for Objective first has remained stable:
If anything, the number has increased;
Many regions of core countries (Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Burgenland) have been
But few peripheral regions (only Abruzzo, with parts of Ireland and Lisbon among
others being phased out).
The analysis of unemployment trends highlights divergence - greater polarization
inunemployment rates.
Achieving economic cohesion is, however, proven more elusive than expected:
National convergence e. g. Veneto Innovations (fot. 1);
But regional divergence e.g. KORANET, UNIMITT and TTO - Polytechnic ofMilan.

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Photo 1. Innovative activities in the region Veneto

Source: our

Photo 2. KORANET Korean scientific cooperation network

Source: our

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KORANET is it to combine bilateral approaches within Europe of

cooperation and thus to the objective of integrating the European Research Area
(ERA) and its international, contributing also to third countries aligned dimension
(reinspire thingtank). The project is funded under the 7th EU Research Framework
Program and runs from January 2009 until December 2012 (fot. 2). Polish Academy of
Sciences isamong eleven partners from nine European countries and Korea which form
theKORANET consortium.

Photo 3. UNIMITT - the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer of the State University
of Milan
Source: our

UNIMITT is the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer of the State
University of Milan recently estasblished in order to support the exploitation of academic
results mainly in terms of IPRs and spin off companies (fot. 3). The UNIMITT model
integrates thefollowing three functions:
technology transfer office (project INTELIGENCE);
industrial liaison office;
science policy centre.
UNIMITT supports the process of research results exploitation, helping to:
file patent applications and manage the patent portfolio;
generate spin-off companies (redesigning);
do technology marketing and licensing with industry;
identify and evaluate IP (creative eco community) and specific technologies.
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IP protection/exploitation is one of the most important and effective way to

achieve theacademic findings transfer: is more rewarding for Universities and research-
ers (withoutapatent is more difficult to give full value to the know how transfer), is help-
ful inpreventing conflicts of interest and public assets dismission (vibration economy).

Photo 4. Polytechnic of Milan - TTO

Source: our
The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of the Milan Polytechnic is one of the first
established TTOs in Italy as well as being one of the founders of Netval and Proton Eu-
rope (fot. 4). The TTO is the reference structure of the university for the support of tech-
nology transfer activities. The staff consists of a dynamic group of specialists who are
highly motivated and result driven (effect leverage).

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. arnick speaks the fundamental characteristics people anew era of econom-

ics have afirst-order effect on economy development, not alower-order effect. Today
being good at communicating and looking around counter inconsistency, leading to
the prediction thatmethodologies can make good use of low-precision artifacts whose
gaps are covered bynew era intelligence personal communication (the benchmarking
exchange). Canberepresented several characteristics of people that have recognizable
economy effects on new methodology design (leverage digital natives). Selected ones
are: that we are sensitive to communication timing and modalities. The prediction is that
physical proximity and ease ofcommunication has dominant effect; that people tend to
inconsistency (win-win). Theprediction is that methodologies requiring disciplined con-
sistency are fragile in practice (win-win); that people vary, not just daily, but from group
to group. Methodologies dontcurrently, but do need to deal with this cultural variation;
that people like to be good citizens, are good at looking around and taking initiative
(strategy escaping forward). Thesecombine to form that common success factor, afew
good people stepped in at key moments.

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Aliki Jaworska

Aliki Jaworska, MS
Akademia Leona Komiskiego

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From Fayols 14 general principles of management

to 25 Managements Grand Challenges of Gary Hamel


We are now witnessing avery intense transformation of the economy. Theglo-

balization is undoubtedly the most characteristic economic phenomenon of the late
twentieth and early twenty-first century. In general terms, globalization means a situ-
ation in which different entities economic, productive, social, cultural, interact globally
and become participants in a broader set of interrelated system.1 At present, charac-
teristic of the global environment is an intensifying process of the capital concentra-
tion, which is reflected in the formation ofincreasingly powerful international industrial
corporations, financial services and others. That trend influences amuch wider area of
impact then only worlds economy but as well global culture and social space.2 In re-
cent decades, theglobal business environment has been growing dramatically. We live
in amore-than-ever-interdependent world. Many firms are involved in the process ofin-
ternationalisation, engaging their operations outside the boundary of their home coun-
try. Driving forces for the economy such asglobalization, open labour market, customi-
zation of the technologies, products andservices and informational revolution causes
fundamental change of the management. Business environment in which the compa-
nies operates constantly changes, mostly due to the high competiveness of the global
market, technology revolution and high customer demands for new product develop-
ment.3 Thechanges in business atmosphere are unpredictable. Customer demands for
continuous improvement of quality, functionality of the product and services, shorter
product life cycles, force companies to focus on improving all business processes, from
design and implementation, through the production and logistics, up to marketing and

A. Kryski, Europa wprocesach globalizacji gospodarczej szanse izagroenia, in Transformacja integrac
ja globalizacja. Wposzukiwaniu modelu rozwoju gospodarczego Polski, edited by. S.Lis and S.Miklaszewski
(Krakw: Akademia Ekonomiczna wKrakowie, 2004).
Z. Zioo, Model przestrzeni geograficznej i jej znaczenie dla gospodarki przestrzennej, in Gospodarka
Przestrzerodowisko, edited by U. Wich (Lublin: Wyd. UMCS, 1996), p. 183-191.
G.A. Rummler and A.P. Brache, Podnoszenie efektywnoci organizacji (Warszawa: Polskie Wydawnictwo
Ekonomiczne, 2000), p. 13.
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sales. These changes and the transformation of the economy is like sourdough bread for
researchers and practitioners of management. Hence, the need for new thinking about
management. The only thing unchanged is change seems to be aslogan of XXI century.
The main questions addressed in this paper are: a) is the management theory and prac-
tice developed one hundred years ago still reflecting the complexity of the XXI century,
b) are the Fayols management principles, still relevant and valuable to contemporary
organisational leaders, c) what are the challenges of the new economy and the last d)
the attempt to find the answer to: quo vadis management.

1. First era of globalization

Globalization is not aprocess that began suddenly. It is the result of long, evolu-
tionary and often very complex processes occurring in the economy. It is estimated that
the basis of globalization development are other important components: international-
ization, multinazionalization and transnationalization. Globalization has characteristics
of all those phenomena.4 Hence, it is process exhibits unique faces that differentiate the
world economy in number of areas, as shown in table 1.

Iera of globalization II era of globalization III era of globalization

1870-1914 1945-1973 From 1974
Capital mobility High Low High

Labour mobility High Low Low

Free trade Limited Limited Extensive

Global institutions Non-existent Created Lagging

National institutions Heterogeneity Heterogeneity Standardization

Table1 The phases of globalization

Source: Ocampo Jos Antonio; Globalization and development; ECLAC; Naciones Unidas; Brazil 2002; p. 4.

This paper will focus on the first and the third era of globalization. Table 2 compares
those stages of globalization and their interaction with the organization characteristics.

M. Chodorek, Globalizacja i jej wpyw na proces konkurowania przedsibiorstw in Determinanty
konkurencyjnoci polskich przedsibiorstw. Sposoby iwarunki umacniania konkurencyjnoci przedsibiorstw
wperspektywie globalizacji gospodarki, edited by M. J. Stankiewicz (Toru: Wyd. UMK, 2002), p. 26.
Aliki Jaworska

Iera of globalization II era of globalization

Key concept Production Risk

Products Mass Customized

Mindset National toward international Global

The nonhuman world is The non-human world must

Ontology astorehouse of (infinite)
resources of human needs preserve for serving human ends

Consumers (producing X for Citizens (worried about the planet

Individuals consuming Y) risk and green consumers)

Organizational Profit with legitimacy (e.g., being

Profit and incessant growth
finality green can be profitable).

Images of the Machine Organic


Inter - organizational Competition Competition and coopetition


Ethics of responsibility and green

Ethics Ethics of consumption

Table 2 The eras of globalization and organization characteristics

Source: Corporate Social Responsibility & Environmental Management, p.3145

The first era of globalization (internationalization of the economic activity) hap-

pened in the years 1870 19146. In this stage the transforming historical factors were
technological advancements in transportation, machinery and communication. Those
advancements were the foundation for the early technological expansion that occurred
throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, leading Marx to speak of territorial
compression.7 It was aperiod characterized by rapid growth in international trade and
investment between the European imperial powers, their colonies, and, later, the United
States (see figure 1). The first era began to break down at the beginning of the 20th cen-
tury with the first World War.

Rego Cunha, Miguel Pina Armnio da Cunha, Joo Vieira, Corporate Social Responsibility & Environmental
Management, Nov/Dec2008, Vol. 15 Issue 6, p311-321.
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1992), p. 12.
K. Marx, (1848), Communist manifesto, In R. Tucker (Ed.), (New York: The Marx-Engeles Reader,1979).
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Figure 1: The Worlds globalization, ca. 1900

Source: Dowrick S., Bradford DeLong J.; 2001, p. 168

The early stage of global economy, before World War I, was initiated by the tech-
nological leaps of transportation improvements like the steamship, and by achieve-
ments like the Suez and Panama Canals, which speed European and American commerce
around the globe. Transatlantic cables, then direct telegraph links to Latin America and
connections through British cable to Asia, allowed American investors and merchants to
communicate faster abroad, thus expanding their markets. The first phase was marked
by great capital and labour mobility, together with atrade boom which was the result of
dramatically reduced transport costs.

2. Classic theory of management. Henri Fayol

During the period of first stage of globalization the classic theories of organi-
zation began to emerge. Important pioneers among them are F.W. Taylor, Henri Fayol,
Max Weber, and Mary Parker Follett. The classic theory is based on the following three
1. In order to avoid any conflict in the relationship between employees and management
it is required that formal structure communication process, defined tasks, defined
accountability, and formalized procedures and practices are strictly defined.
2. Employee is defined as rational and narrowly self-interested homo economicus who
can be motivated by means of money only.
3. The third assumption is that the workers have been considered as acog in theproduction
Steve Dowrick, J. Bradford DeLong, Globalisation and Convergence, in NBER Conference on Globalisation in
Historical Perspective, Santa Barbara, California May 4-5, 2001.
Almashaqba Ziad and Marzouq Nemer Al-Qeed, The Classical Theory of Organisation and its Relevance,
International Research Journal of Finance & Economics (2010, Issue 41): p 60.
Aliki Jaworska

Henri Fayol, French mining engineer and manager is one of the founders of the
classic school of organization who initiated the administrative theory of management.
He worked as a managing director of 10,000 employees for 30 years. Fayols theories
were exposed during atime of great change, environmental and societal uncertainty,
innovation and economic growth. The transformation from an agricultural to industri-
al system engendered asteep rise in industrialization, the like of which the world had
never witnessed before. While a variety of management defined functions have been
published, Fayol synthesised it as follows:

planning - prvoir
organizing - organiser
command - commander
coordination - coordonner
control - contrler

Over the years these have been slimmed to four primary functions: planning,
organizing, leading and controlling. Fayol identified:10

planning as: analysing the future and drawing up action plans;

organizing as: facilitating the optimum conduct of the business activities and
implementing an appropriate infrastructure, which will optimize the organizations
systems, resources, procedures, processes and services;
command as: managers responsibility to lead and direct employees towards the
achievement of organisational goals and strategies;
coordination as: managers responsibility to bind together, unify andharmonise all
the organisations activities and efforts, maintaining synergy and symbiosis between
business functions and processes with internal andexternal contexts;
control as managers duty to:
o ensure that everything works according to plan and within budget;
o set timescales and allocate resources;
o ensure that appropriate contingencies are in place to buffer deviations from original
plans and swiftly deal with system anomalies, to prevent disruption to any of the
organisations business activities.

Fayol applied the scientific approach to practical problems of management

as a result he constructed fourteen general principles of administration: division
ofwork, authority and responsibility, discipline, unity of command, unity of direction,
subordination of individual interest to general interest, remuneration of employees,
centralization, the scalar chain, order, equity, stability of personnel, initiative, esprit de

Pugh, D.S. and Hickson, D.J. (2007). Writers on Organisations, 6th Edition, Penguin Books.
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corps (see table 3). Fayols conception of management represented the first complete
and comprehensive theory of management which could be applied to all endeavors.11

Principle Explanation
Reduces the span of attention or effort for any one person
1. Division of work
or group. Develops practice and familiarity.
2. Authority The right to give orders. Should not be considered without
reference to responsibility.
Outward marks of respect in accordance with formal or
3. Discipline
informal agreements between afirm and its employees.
4. Unity of command One man one superior.
5. Unity of direction One head and one plan for a group of activities with the
same objective.
6. Subordination of The interests of one individual or one group should not
individual interests to prevail over the general good. This is a difficult area of
the general interest management.
7. Remuneration Pay should be fair to both the employee and the firm.
Is always present to agreater or lesser extent, depending on
8. Centralization
the size of the company and the quality of its managers.
9. Scalar chain The line of authority from top to bottom of the organization.
10. Order Aplace for everything and everything in its place; the right
man in the right place.
11. Equity Acombination of kindness and justice towards employees.
12. Stability of tenure of Employees need to be given time to settle into their jobs,
personnel even though this may be a lengthy period in the case of
some managers.
Within the limits of authority and discipline, all levels of staff
13. Initiative
should be encouraged to show initiative.
Harmony is agreat strength to an organization; teamwork
14. Esprit de corps
should be encouraged.

Table 3 Fayols fourteen principles of management

Source: Cole, 1984, pp. 131412

3. III era of globalization the actual state

Second half of the XX century and the beginning of the XXI century is aperiod
of intense transformation of the economy. Increasing competitiveness in both local and
global markets, globalization, technology changes and the innovation pursuit have forced
afundamental transformation of the economy. Large multinational corporations are not
C.S. George , The History of Management Thought (New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1972) p.114.
G.A. Cole, Management: Theory and Practice (Guernsey: Guernsey Press, 1982).
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eternal, only 2% of them survive for 50 years. It is anticipated that over the next 10 years
30% of the existing enterprises will disappear.13 In Poland, the average age of the family
business, which is similar to the age of the other companies is about 14 years.14 In the years
1975-1995 60% firms disappeared from the list of the worlds largest companies Fortune
500.15 The life expectancy of Fortune 500 companies has declined to less than 15 years and
is heading towards 5 years.16 The global economy environment has become more turbu-
lent. Companies are facing complex challenges for where they have little or no expe-
rience. The problems that managers face today are significantly different from what they
were prepared at the time of their education. Speed of the globalization creates more and
more threats (increasing competition and afaster pace) and opportunities (larger markets
with less barriers) forcing companies to dramatic improvements not only to compete, but
in order to just survive. Classic process of strategy development or marketing concepts
based on four P letters (price, product, place, promotion) do not bring the managers to
the expected results. Attempts to improve the company efficiency throughout restruc-
turation processes and reengineering or total quality management failed. As shown in
table 4 the development determinants of the economy have changed.

XIX century XX century XXI century

Leading good Coal and steam Crude oil Silicon
Internet and
Leading inventions Railway and steamship Engine
Geopolitical axis Europe US Asia

Table 4 Economy development determinants

Source: own work
Marcel Castells has pointed out three fundamental features of the new globalization
stage of the economy:17
1. Informational capacity to generate knowledge and managing determines the
2. Global core business activities (finances, technology development) become global,
although most jobs are not in fact global yet;
3. Networked network enterprises are at the heart of connectivity in the global
Over the past twenty years it has been observe adramatic growth of hyper competition at
the global arena. The globalization of markets is driven by the macroeconomic, political
A. Peszko, Podstawy zarzdzania organizacjami, (Krakw: Uczelniane Wydawnictwo Naukowo-dydaktyczne, 2002).
Family Companies Research, Firmy rodzinne wpolskiej gospodarce szanse iwyzwania,(Warszawa: Znak
sprawy: p/789/8/2008, Dec. 2009).
F. Krawiec F, Zasadnicza zmiana drog do sukcesu przedsibiorstwa XXI wieku (Warszawa: Difin, 2007), p. 177.
Stephen Denning, Leadership Excellence, (Feb2011, Vol. 28 Issue 2), p. 13.
M. Castells, The Rise of the Network Society (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing 2nd ed., 2000).
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and technological changes. Political landscape has changed after the 1989 Revolutions
in Eastern Europe when the Communist Block was disintegrated. The dissolution of the
Soviet Union in December 1991 brought into existence acompletely new picture of the
world. The deregulation and opening to the foreign competitors removed many barriers
to international trade. The technology and information revolution influences the global
communication, rapid decline of transportation costs, shorten product and technology
life-cycles. One of the most significant factors in the discussion about the globalization
are the macroeconomic trends, the growth of the global population (see table 5) and the
rapid growth of the global consumption.
Global population
Global Growth
population dynamics
1 billion 1804
2 billion 1927 123 years
3 billion 1960 33 years
4 billion 1974 14 years
5 billion 1987 13 years
6 billion 1999 12 years
Future forecast
7 billion 2013 14 years
8 billion 2028 15 years

Table 5 Growth of the global population.

Source: own work based on: UNDP Agendy ONZ ds. Rozwoju (1999)18

The underlying forces driving the global consumption are: the growth of the
world population, the western culture and high social standards in the developed coun-
tries and the growing consumption in emerging countries (Latin America region, China,
India). Recent studies of The WorldWatch Institute have shown that19:

the 12 per cent of the worlds population that lives in North America and Western
Europe accounts for 60 per cent of private consumption spending,
in 2002, 1.12 billion householdsabout three quarters of humanityowned at least
one television set, there were 1.1 billion fixed phone lines in 2002, and another 1.1
billion mobile lines and 600 million users of Internet,
every day in 2003, some 11,000 more cars appeared on Chinese roads, 4 million new
private cars during the year,
UNDP Agendy ONZ ds. Rozwoju, The World at Six Bilion (New York, 1999) p. 8.
The State of Consumption Today, World Watch Institude, , accessed
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as of 2003, the U.S. had more private cars than licensed drivers, and gas-guzzling
sport utility vehicles were among the best-selling vehicles,
new houses in the U.S. were 38 per cent bigger in 2002 than in 1975, despite having
fewer people per household on average.

The United States, with less than 5% of the global population, uses about aquar-
ter of the worlds fossil fuel resources - burning up nearly 25% of the coal, 26% of the
oil, and 27% of the worlds natural gas.20 Therefore present and future challenges of the
economy cannot be analysed without taking into account environmental implications.
The evidence of human influence on planetary systems today is such that stratigraphy
experts discuss whether to classify the present time as anew era in planetary history,
the Anthropocene.21 High demand for any natural good causes uncontrolled expansion
and human interferences in the natural world. Recent surveys such as that conducted
by US Department of Economic and Social Affairs have shown that the world energy
demand is dramatically growing (see figure 2).

Figure 2 The energy demand

Source: World Economic and Social Survey22

The State of Consumption Today, Op. cit.
J. Zalasiewicz, M. Williams, A. Smith, T. L. Barry, A. L. Coe, P. R. Brown, P. Brenchley, D. Cantrill, A. Gale,
P. Gibbard, F. J. Gregory, M. W. Hounslaw, A. C. Kerr, P. Pearson, R. Knox, J. Powell, C. Waters, J. Marchall, M.
Oates, P. Rawson, and P. Stone, Are We Now Living in the Anthropocene?, GSA Today 18, no. 2 (2008): 48
World Economic and Social Survey, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (New York: United Nations
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4. The need of new paradigms in management

The globalization of markets has transformed the business environment to such

a degree that some experts argue about the gap between the multi-local and global
worldviews is so great that management must unlearn the past to be effective in the
future23. The new competitive landscape is characterized as having agreater level of un-
certainty, diverse global rivalries, rapid technological change, ubiquitous price wars, and
seemingly continuous restructuring activities.24 Organizations facing hyper competition
need to take care of different dimensions of management than 100 years ago. The classic
theory of management suffers superficiality and oversimplification in terms of problems
faced by competitive organizations. The theory and practice of management evolution
Fayol and theorists of classic management developed force the managerial revolution at
the turn of the XIX and XX century. However the present forces of organizational changes
facing open ended competitive challenges are not prepared to accept the principles of
classic management. Peter F. Drucker, in his book, Management Challenges for the 21st
Century25, highlights the critical need to create new, fundamental management princi-
ples that ensure constructive development of management theory and practice. The fol-
lowing old assumptions identified by Fayol command and control and unity (there must
be - ONE right organization structure and there must be - ONE right way to manage peo-
ple) according to Drucker are now so far removed from actual reality that they are becom-
ing obstacles to the Theory and even more serious obstacles to the Practice of Management.
Indeed, reality is fast becoming the very opposite of what these assumptions claim it to be26.
Albert Einstein says that The significant problems we face cannot be solved at
the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. Attempting to solve the
complex problems of the global economy by using the management practice created
based on the 100 years old paradigms is narrowing the search box, and often ultimately
proves to be ineffective. We observe one of those important historical periods occurring
every two or three hundred years, when people cease to understand the world and the
past knowledge is not sufficient to explain the future.27 This raises the question faced
by both scientists and entrepreneurs: do models based on classic management para-
digms help the organizations build asustainable competitive advantage in the twenty-
first century? Management paradigms formulated for the industrial era and mechanistic

2009), figure II.4, p. 42.

J. Slocum, Unlearning to learn, Academy of Management Journal, (1997). 40, 1430-1442.
A. Ilinitch, Lewin, A., & DAveni, R., Managing in times of disorder: Hypercompetitive organizational responses
( Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1998)
P.F. Drucker, Management Challenges for the 21st Century (HarperBusiness, 199)
Ibid., p 5.
K.S. Cameron, Kultura organizacyjna diagnoza izmiana (Krakw: Oficyna Ekonomiczna, 2003), p. 11.
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organizations are becoming out of date in relation to the contemporary post-industrial

era and the organic model of organization.28
The term paradigm as a set of practices that define a scientific discipline was
introduced TS Kuhn in 1962.29 In his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions he defines
a scientific paradigm as universally recognized scientific achievement that, for a time,
provide model problems and solutions for acommunity of researchers.30 This view is sup-
ported by Guillen who defines paradigms as systems of interrelated ideas and techniques
that offer adistinctive diagnosis and solution to aset of problems.31 Aparadigm needs to
be differentiated from management fashions and trends that emerge more frequently.
Management fashions appear as providing efficient means to important ends and new
as well as improved relative to older management techniques.32 Along-term fashion that
shapes organizational practices more permanently can be called atrend33 and only when
atheory or aframework which becomes commonly approved and dominant for several
decades can be considered as aparadigm.34

5. Management in XXI century. Gary Hamel

In May 2008, agroup of academics, CEOs, consultants, and entrepreneurs

met to discuss amanagement development program tailored to the needs of the
new post-industrial era.35 It was found that the enormous potential that resides in
the vitality and creativity of employees needs to be increased. It was noted that
the use of traditional management techniques hamper this potential. The release
of this constructive energy requires the management fundamentals revolution.
As a result of the meeting the list of the twenty-five grand management chal-
lenges of the XXI century was synthesized, as show in table 6.36

Grudzewski W.M., Hajduk I., Zmiany paradygmatw ksztatujcych system zarzdzania, in W poszuki-
waniu nowych paradygmatw zarzadzania, edited by Grudzewski W.M. and Hajduk K., (Warszawa: Oficyna
Wydawnicza SGH, 2008).
T.S. Kuhn, Struktura rewolucji naukowych (Warszawa: PWN, 1963).
M.F. Guillen, Models of management: Work, authority, and organization in acomparative perspective (Chi-
cago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), p.7.
E. Abrahamson, Management fashion. Academy of Management Review21, (1996)., p. 255.
M.G. Letscher, How to tell fads from trends, American Demographics, 16(12), (1994). 3845.
Kuhn, op.cit.
The two-day event, organized by the Management Lab with support from McKinsey & Company, brought
together veteran management experts such as CK Prahalad, Henry Mintzberg, and Peter Senge; distin
guished social commentators including Kevin Kelly, James Surowiecki and Shoshana Zuboff; and
anumber of progressive CEOs, including Terri Kelly from WL Gore, Vineet Nayar from HCL Technologies,
and John Mackey from Whole Foods.
G. Hamel, Kosmiczne wyzwania wdziedzinie zarzdzania, Harvard Business Review Polska, May 2009, p. 78.
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Ensure that the work of management serves a higher purpose. Management, both in theory and
practice, must orient itself to the achievement of noble, socially signify cant goals.
Fully embed the ideas of community and citizenship in management systems. Theres a need for
processes and practices that reflect the interdependence of all stakeholder groups.
Reconstruct managements philosophical foundations. To build organizations that are more than merely
efficient, we will need to draw lessons from such fields as biology, political science, and theology.
Eliminate the pathologies of formal hierarchy. There are advantages to natural hierarchies, where
power flows up from the bottom and leaders emerge instead of being appointed.
Reduce fear and increase trust. Mistrust and fear are toxic to innovation and engagement and must
be wrung out of tomorrows management systems.
Reinvent the means of control. To transcend the discipline-versus freedom trade-off, control systems
will have to encourage control from within rather than constraints from without.
Redefine the work of leadership. The notion of the leader as aheroic decision maker is untenable.
Leaders must be recast as social-systems architects who enable innovation and collaboration.
Expand and exploit diversity. We must create a management system that values diversity,
disagreement, and divergence as much as conformance, consensus, and cohesion.
Reinvent strategy making as an emergent process. In aturbulent world, strategy making must reflect
the biological principles of variety, selection, and retention.
De-structure and disaggregate the organization. To become more adaptable and innovative, large
entities must be disaggregated into smaller, more malleable units.
Dramatically reduce the pull of the past. Existing management systems often mindlessly reinforce
the status quo. In the future, they must facilitate innovation and change
Share the work of setting direction. To engender commitment, the responsibility for goal setting must
be distributed through aprocess in which share of voice is afunction of insight, not power.
Develop holistic performance measures. Existing performance metrics must be recast, since they give
inadequate attention to the critical human capabilities that drive success in the creative economy.
Stretch executive time frames and perspectives. We need to discover alternatives to compensation and
reward systems that encourage managers to sacrifice long-term goals for short-term gains.
Create ademocracy of information. Companies need information systems that equip every employee
to act in the interests of the entire enterprise.
Empower the renegades and disarm the reactionaries. Management systems must give more power to
employees whose emotional equity is invested in the future rather than the past.
Expand the scope of employee autonomy. Management systems must be redesigned to facilitate
grassroots initiatives and local experimentation.
Create internal markets for ideas, talent, and resources. Markets are better than hierarchies at allocating
resources, and companies resource allocation processes need to reflect this fact.
Depoliticize decision making. Decision processes must be free of positional biases and should exploit
the collective wisdom of the entire organization and beyond.
Better optimize trade-offs. Management systems tend to force either-or choices. Whats needed are
hybrid systems that subtly optimize key trade-offs.
Further unleash human imagination. Much is known about what engenders human creativity. This
knowledge must be better applied in the design of management systems.
Enable communities of passion. To maximize employee engagement, management systems must
facilitate the formation of self-defining communities of passion.
Retool management for an open world. Value-creating networks often transcend the firms boundaries
23. and can render traditional power-based management tools ineffective. New management tools are
needed for building and shaping complex ecosystems.
Humanize the language and practice of business. Tomorrows management systems must give as
24. much credence to such timeless human ideals as beauty, justice, and community as they do to the
traditional goals of efficiency, advantage, and profit.
Retrain managerial minds. Managers deductive and analytical skills must be complemented by
conceptual and systems-thinking skills.
Table 6 Managements Grand Challenges.
Source: Hamel G., Kosmiczne wyzwania wdziedzinie zarzdzania
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In the company designed in away described by Hamel, all individuals and stake-
holders involved in an organization have an understanding of clear and unambiguous
terms of the essence, purpose and the strategy of the business. Moreover, individuals
and stakeholders understand the purpose and strategic challenge of their role. Organi-
zational essence and purpose is becoming an important part of shaping organisational
culture. This perspective is based on different paradigms, than classic management para-
digms. The attempt to compare Fayols and Hamels management principles is shown in
the table 7.

Paradigm Fayol Hamel

The goal of the organization is beyond

the interests of individual. Employees Organization is committed to the
must sacrifice their objectives for the employees and vice versa.
good of the company.

Highly formalized structure. Formal Natural hierarchy, leaders emerge

authorities. instead of being appointed.

Leadership Managers are empowered. Employees are empowered.

Management POCCC- planning, organizing, command,

Innovation and collaboration.
function coordination, control.

Obtained through shared values

Commitment Obtained through kindness and justice. and higher purpose of organization
Command and control.
Communication Controlled one way, top-down Democracy of information.

Centralization Decentralization

Decisions Decision making process should be
Decision should be made at as high level
detached from the formal hierarchy and
in the organization as possible.
be based on the collective wisdom.

Flat organization. Multi boss, matrix

Organization Vertical organization. Subordinates
structure report only to one boss.
Self-managed work teams with decisional
autonomy and control of activities.

Reasonable compensation for the work Motivational compensation for meeting

done. long-term goals.
Limited,unity of direction and command. Innovation driven by group creativity.
Managers develop and implement new Support for the employees initiatives
ideas. and their organic experiments.

Table 7 Fayol and Hamel principles - comparison summary

Source: own work
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Analysing in details the two chosen Fayol and Hamels paradigms: communica-
tion and decision will bring us to completely different business cultures. The Fayols or-
ganisation is acontrol one-way and top-down communication with the decision made
within the defined and formalized structure. This management model in todays stage of
globalization is ineffective, too slow, and is based on the knowledge and engagement
of the limited number of managers. According to Hamel the communication should be
open, the decentralized decision made based on democratic principles. This paradigm
is creating anatural space for the development of new management technics, such as
Future Search37, Real Time Strategic Change38, and Appreciative Inquiry Summit39. One
of the most popular is Open Space Technology (OST) introduced by Owen. It is alarge
group interaction method used in the planning and implementation of major change
efforts. It was design based on the principle that open, without formal barrier communi-
cation in meetings supports the emerge of great solutions and collective consciousness
that are infinitely more than the sum of their parts. The main rule for the OST is: If at any
time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learn-
ing nor contributing, use your two feel and move on40. The principles of OST are explained
in the table 8.
Principle Explanation
No formal hierarchy. Level in the organization structure should
1. Whoever comes is the right not be important and status of group member does not matter.
people. It is based on the assumption that those who show up are there
because they care and are engaged to deliver.
2. Whenever it starts is the right Reminds participants that spirit and creativity do not run on the
time. clock. The group energy is not imposed by the time.

3. Wherever it happens is the right The space is opened here and now. Open space encourages the
place. employees concentration on this moment.

Meeting should be led by acreative process and not by the time

4. When its over, its over.

Table 8 Principles of the Open Space Technology

Source: Owen, H., Opening space for productivity

Open Space Technology is apractical example of how aproblem solving process

can be managed in XXI century in the way that it empowers all participants, challenge
complex and difficult issues and opening the village marketplace41 fordemocratic con-
tribution and contestant learning process, as described by Hamel.
M. Weisbord, Future search (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler,1995).
Jacobs, R. W., Real time strategic change (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 1994).
D. Cooperrider, and D. Whitney, Appreciative inquiry (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler,1999).
H. Owen, Opening space for productivity. National Productivity Review (Wiley, 1997), p. 69.
Open Space World (2009) [online],,
accessed 16.07.2012.
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There is acritical need to reinvent the concept of management, to create new

paradigms design for the twenty-first century that will allow the business to manage the
complexity of the current stage of globalization. Innovation today is more likely tobe
needed into the management area than in any other fields. In the past decades, discus-
sion of management practitioners, economists and academics has often taken place in
the area bounded by the only politically and economically rational way of TINA - there
is no alternative42. In current globally changed landscape, the POCCC - five key tasks of
managers (planning, organizing, command, coordination, and control) and Fayols 14
general principles of management are not effective. Itisamoment to find the new DNA
of the XXI century management, new paradigms that will unleash personal creativity
and entrepreneurship capacity aligned with organizational essence and higher human

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Marta Czerwiec, Rafa Rejmer

Marta Czerwiec
Akademia Leona Komiskiego wWarszawie

Rafa Rejmer
Wysza Inynierska Szkoa Bezpieczestwa iOrganizacji Pracy wRadomiu

Dynamic capabilities in the era of globalisation


The growing importance of creation of unique dynamic capabilities of organisa-

tions is currently clearly visible, especially in the context of the stormy social, economic
and political changes occurring in the global economy. The turbulent environment in
which contemporary companies happen to operate enforces quick managerial decision-
making as well as constant adjustment to changing economic conditions and, first of
all, to the expectations of the present-day as well as potential clients of the company. It
requires building up an organisation`s capacity for constant identifying and taking ad-
vantage of opportunities that emerge in the business environment, and also for noticing
and avoiding or at least leveling potential threats.
In order to address the rapidly changing business environments contemporary
organisations have to acquire the ability to use and transform the existing in their struc-
ture, both tangible and intangible, resources. However, the ability to modify the capa-
bilities is obviously not enough; it is extremely important to be able to develop new
capabilities and discard the needless ones, according to the principle that development
is based on getting rid of the unwanted.
The above mentioned ability to generate, maintain and flexibly modify resources
constitutes the dynamic capabilities of an organisation. Due to the importance of this
kind of capabilities in creating and maintaining a constant competitive advantage of
acompany in the era ofglobalisation, the authors of this article aim to explain the notion
of the dynamic capabilities of afirm and draw on its rudiments with aview to making it
more familiar to the reader. When explaining the notion and importance of the dynamic
capabilities, the authors are making use of the output of the Resource - based View as
well as the theories of the Complex Adaptive Systems, and contemporary approaches
to management, such as universalistic approach the contingency perspective and the
configurational approach.

Dynamic capabilities in the era of globalisation

Dynamic capabilities and globalisation

The change in the management approach, noticing the important role of the
intangible resources of the company and, first of all, the intellectual capital of the com-
pany and the development of the dynamic capabilities framework being aresponse to
the current business requirements, result from two main phenomena. One of them are
the processes occurring around the organisation which enforce its constant growth and
also impose the necessity of being flexible and taking dynamic actions1. The other one
is the obliging trend in management directed to noticing the key role of the intellectual
capital2. As A.Rudziewicz and E.Zawitowska point out, market entities operate in ady-
namic environment in which aquick reaction to changes is the condition for effective
functioning or, at least, only surviving in an economic environment 3.
The above mentioned processes occurring in the surroundings of contempo-
rary organisations and connected with their functioning within the global economy
comprise, first of all, intensive development of IT, awidespread access toinformation,
competitiveness in the international markets as well as acceleration of the pace of life
and work. This all imposes on the organisation the necessity for being creative, taking
immediate actions and reacting in aflexible way in response to the requirements of the
market. As P.A. Pavlou and O. A. El Sawy4 state, acting in the turbulent surroundings is an
enormous challenge for contemporary organisations and their managers, first of all, due
to the necessity to take decisions instantly and in the conditions of uncertainty.
Each company undergoes changes, both internal and external. Some of them
only require adjustment to the new situation, whereas others lead to achange in the
strategy and organisation structure. Sometimes, companies evolve in different directions
being transformed from aconsumer`s product, e.g. J&J, to the pharmaceutical industry,
others change the operation strategy through making fusions with other companies as,
for example, ABB. Regardless of adirection in which acompany moves, in the case of im-
portant strategic changes, it is necessary to reconfigurate widely understood resources
of this company including existing in its frames structures, procedures, technologies or
methods of acting.
In such conditions it would be difficult to apply the industrial model of manage-
ment based on the assumption that doing the job and its planning are two different
functions which should be executed by two different groups of people the manage-

S. K. Dutta, Dynamic Capabilities: Fostering Ambidexterity, Journal of Indian Management 2 (April - June 2012):82.
J. Low and P. C. Kalafut, Niematerialna warto firmy. Ukryte rda przewagi konkurencyjnej, (Krakw: Oficyna
Ekonomiczna, 2004), p. 11.
A. Rudziewicz and E. Zawitowska,Zaufanie wzarzdzaniu, Ekonomika iOrganizacja Przedsibiorstwa 7 (2010): 63.
P. A. Pavlou and O. A. El Sawy, Understanding The Elusive Black Box Of Dynamic Capabilities, Decision
Sciences 42 (February 2011): 239.
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ment and the employees , with the whole responsibility for the efficient functioning of

the organisation lying on the management grades. Building new kinds of organisational
structures, such as network structures, matrix structures or hypertext structures requires
creating, implementing and using modern management tools. Structures of this type
require broadening the scope of activity as well as responsibility on the part of the mem-
bers of the organisation6.
Therefore, a lot of stress is put on knowledge competition as well as employ-
ment of the output of the Resource-based View in strategic management. There is also
anecessity for empowerment of employees and taking by them responsibility for the
assigned tasks. As J.Welch states, the main task of acontemporary manager is using the
knowledge and skills of all the employees (literally: to bring every brain into the game7).
Although the issue of knowledge management is so broad that it could be used
as atopic for aseparate, multi-page publication, it is worth mentioning that the contem-
porary conditions of functioning of acompany set the requirement for effective manage-
ment ofdifferent kinds of knowledge8, for example: explicit knowledge, tacit knowledge,
individual and group knowledge. This is why, all kinds of management systems and the
actions taken within them should be focused on aconstant development of employees
and on upgrading their knowledge due to their crucial role in the creation of the added
value of acompany. One should not forget about the importance of the organisational
culture based on trust, transparency, flexibility and support, but also on discipline and
ahigh level of action coordination9. This kind of culture can be observed in big, inter-
national corporations which have been successful for along time, for example, in IBM,
Marico, J&J or L&T10.
The above mentioned knowledge as well as the worked out by the participants
bundles of competencies and patterns of actions constitute the dynamic capabilities
which play the key role in building acompetitive advantage of acompany due to their
uniqueness and the fact that they are hard to imitate11. The dynamic capabilities are
sometimes perceived as akind of black box, first of all, because they are hard to observe

K. Shanine, A. Buchko, and A. R. Wheeler, International Human Resource Management Practices From
A Complex Adaptive Systems Perspective: An Exploratory Investigation, International Journal of Business
andSocial Science 2 (April 2011): 2.
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People, Brazilian Administration Review 9 (May 2012): 40.
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and also because it is difficult to create aconcrete model of them. For this reason, the
dynamic capabilities theory is quite frequently criticised by research workers. Indeed,
the dynamic capabilities can most often be identified ex-post12, but the difficulties con-
nected with looking into them cannot diminish their role in the development of contem-
porary companies.
Some attempts to explain what the dynamic capabilities really are took place as
early as in the 1940s. One of the authors dealing with this area was J. A. Schumpeter13
who argued that, the competitive strength of acompany is based on the ability to trans-
form its already existing resources and skills into new capabilities which enable perform-
ing new tasks. It should be added that, at that time structural and technological capabili-
ties were mainly stressed. Nowadays, the term refers particularly to intangible resources
of acompany such as awell-rooted knowledge, procedures or patterns of actions. Nev-
ertheless, dynamic capabilities, regardless of ways of perceiving them, are to lead to the
enterprises capacity to shape the ecosystem it occupies, develop new products and
processes, and design and implement viable business models14.
In order to explain the idea of dynamic capabilities, the theory of the Complex
Adaptive Systems - CAS is worth mentioning here, which is ingrained in abroad spectrum
ofdisciplines such as the chaos theory or cybernetics. This theory accurately explains the
nature of the organisation and this is why, it is very useful in aproper understanding of
the capability approach.
The theory of the Complex Adaptive Systems is not anew theory its roots date
back to the 1920s but it is currently experiencing arenaissance, mainly due to the terms
of the dynamics of systemic actions or dynamic capabilities but also because of instabili-
ty of systems, which is connected with their interactions with the environment15. Accord-
ing to the CAS theory which K. Shanine, A. Buchko and A. R. Wheeler stress, complex
systems cannot remain in astate of equilibrium, predictability and control are theoreti-
cally impossible because such systems contain inherent nonlinearities16. The complex
dynamic systems also come into interaction with their environment.
As A. Hall and N. Clark17 state, it is assumed that the complex adaptive systems
are characterized by the four mentioned below features which can directly be referred to
the organisation as asystem.
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Innovation Policy?, Journal of International Development 22 (April 2010): 308 309.
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Hall and Clark, What Do, pp. 310 311.
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1. The complex adaptive systems consist of many factors having some autonomy but
operating together within the system. In the case of organisations, they may include
people the members of the organisation or the elements of the organisation in
the broadest sense of its meaning, such as actions in the personal sphere, including
systems, processes and methods of actions.
2. The factors or the components of the system come into the multi-level, complex
interactions between themselves as well as other members of the system. This feature
can be referred to interactions between the people in the organisation as well as the
interaction between other elements of this system.
3. These interactions, in turn, result in the creation of some capabilities which may exist
only thanks to these dependencies. This quality can be referred to systemic resources
dynamic in an organisation, organisational capabilities or key competencies.
4. The complex adaptive systems are characterised by adaptation abilities, in other words,
by reactions and adaptation to changes in the internal and external surroundings of
the system.
5. The theory of the dynamic capabilities as well as the Resource - based View18 which
will be discussed in the further part of the text, contribute alot to the explanation
what the dynamic capabilities of the company are. These capabilities come into
being thanks to interactions between the members of the organisation and owing
to mutual dependencies between its elements, i.e. systems, processes, methods of
actions. They can occur when such interactions take place. It should be stressed that,
the above mentioned Resource - based View is rather connected with identification
and development of key resources whereas the capability approach is connected,
first of all, with their transformation in accordance with the desired direction of the
company`s operation. This is why, many authors, for example R.Parthasarathy, Ch.
Chuang and S. Arris19 define dynamic capabilities as the product which results from
the implementation of the Resource- based View in adynamic environment.
The dynamic capabilities, as it was mentioned before, are vital for survival of an
organisation in the changing, unstable environment, which requires quick and flexible
reactions, constant learning and also setting new goals and reaching them efficiently20.
The abilities gained by the organisation are so unique that they are very difficult or im-
possible to imitate due to the autonomy of the system units and the continuous process
of adaptation to the conditions in which such asystem operates.

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And Industry Leadership, Journal of Knowledge Management 9 (July 2011): 59.
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Initiating and implementing actions in order to generate, maintain and devel-

op the dynamic capabilities of acompany is, to alarge extent, based on the so called
Resource-based View, which, as S. L. Newbert points out, is one of the most widely
accepted theoretical perspectives in the strategic management field21. The Resource -
based View developed by such research workers as B.Wernerfelt22, J. B. Barney, and P. M.
Wright23 and also R.L.Priem andJ.E.Butler24, demonstrates that resources are the source
of the sustainable competitive advantage when:

are both precious and rare,

are difficult or impossible to imitate,
cannot be an object of transaction in the market,
they have no direct substitutes.
As the Resource-based View concentrates on the dependence between internal
resources of acompany and its profitability and ability to gain and maintain sustainable
competitive advantage, as E. T. Stavrou and Ch. Brewster25 state, the resources of an or-
ganisation are regarded as atrump only when, owing to them the organisation is able to
avoid losses and generate profits that are above average. As M.A. Peteraf26 points out, an
advantage can only be gained by such acompany that possesses at least one rare and
precious resource that creates the added value in the form of an extraordinary profit but
those companies that do not possess unique resources are doomed to the survival game
or marginal profits, at most.
Acompany`s resources comprise tangible and intangible assets such as abrand
name, technological knowledge, trade contracts, the human capital, the culture of the
company and its goodwill. In contemporary times, when knowledge and information are
the pillars of growth, the importance of intangible resources increases. Such resources,
apart from the knowledge of individual employees and the knowledge generated and dis-
seminated among members of an organisation, may also include, for example, the worked
out by the teams of employees models of actions, unique skills and key competencies.
As I. Nonaka and H. Takeuchi argue, citing the views of P. Drucker andA.Toffler,

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Suggestions For Future Research, Strategic Management Journal 28 (February 2007): 121.
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1991): 99-120; J. B. Barney and P. M. Wright, On Becoming A Strategic Partner: The Role Of Human
Resources In Gaining Competitive Advantage, Human Resource Management 37 (Spring 1998): 31-46.
R. L. Priem and J. E. Butler, Is The Resource Based View AUseful Perspective For Strategic Management
Research? Yes, Academy of Management Review 26 (January 2001): 41-56.
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ment Journal 14 (March 1993): 180.
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knowledge stopped being asupplement to power based on money and violence and
has become its core27. Also Cz. Szmidt stresses that, in the new economy traditional fac-
tors of production are becoming less and less important and the new factor gains in
importance: it is knowledge 28.
Knowledge has this advantage over tangible resources that it is difficult to trans-
fer and accumulation, which also constitutes one of the sources of acompetitive advan-
tage of the company. As G. Probst, S.Raub, and K. Romhardt29 point out, knowledge as
aresource is characterized by one essential feature, namely, in contrast to all the other
resources, the more it is used, the more its amount increases. This view is also presented
and developed by A.K.Komiski30 and B. Wawrzyniak31.
The difference between tangible and intangible resources is contained in the
publication titled.: Management in the conditions of uncertainty. Ahandbook for ad-
vanced learners by A.K. Komiski, who states that <hard resources > are measurable,
concrete and firmly set in reality, they undergo changes, pupation and reconfiguration
with difficulty and relatively more slowly, because the principles of their use and func-
tioning are known, described, and thanks to this, predictable () < soft> resources of
acompany is asocial issue as well as social relations with the environment. They can be
characterized as <undefined >, <liquid> and unstable 32. The table 1. below shows the
difference between the tangible and intangible assets.

Intangible assets Physical assets

Variety Heterogeneus Homogeneus
Property rights Often fuzzy Usually clear
Market transactions Infrequent Frequent
General awareness of transaction
Low High
Recognized on balance sheets No Yes
Possible strategic value High Low
Table 1. Intangible assets compared with physical assets
Source: D. J. Teece, Dynamic Capabilities: AGuide For Managers, IVEY Business Journal 2 (March - April 2011): 2

The followers of the Resource-based View remark that, processes, methods, and
patterns of actions that exist within the organization, as well as skills and competencies
I. Nonaka and H.Takeuchi, Kreowanie wiedzy worganizacji, (Warszawa: Poltext, 2000), p. 23.
Cz. Szmidt, Introduction to: Zarzdzanie kapitaem ludzkim a konkurencyjno maych i rednich
przedsibiorstw, edited by H. Krl, (Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Akademickie iProfesjonalne, 2007), p. 3.
G. Probst, S. Raub, and K. Romhardt, Zarzdzanie wiedz worganizacji, (Krakw: Oficyna Ekonomiczna,
2004), p.12.
A. K. Komiski, Koniec wiata menederw?, (Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Akademickie iProfesjonalne, 2008),
pp. 213-215.
B. Wawrzyniak, ed., Zarzdzanie wiedz wprzedsibiorstwie, (Warszawa: Wyd. WSPiZ, 2003), p. 32.
A. K. Komiski, Zarzdzanie wwarunkach niepewnoci. Podrcznik dla zaawansowanych, (Warszawa: PWN,
2005), p. 93.
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of its members are unique resources and as avalue itself, contribute to gaining acom-
petitive advantage of the company. The theorists also underline that, decent processes,
methods and actions in the field of human resources make it possible to implement the
company`s strategy and competencies, skills and knowledge of people as well as interac-
tions between them constitute the basis for the dynamic capabilities allowing for quick
and successful adjustment to strategic changes.
As K. M. Eisenhardt and J. A. Martin33, D.J.Teece, G. Pisano, and A. Shuen34 and
also C.E. Helfat35 and others state, the dynamic capabilities are such organisations and
strategic processes by means of which managers transform already existing resources
into new assets as aresponse to the changing market conditions. Many researchers, for
example, V.P.Rindova and S. Kotha36, D.A.Griffith and M.G.Harvey37, Y. Luo38 or C.E.Hel-
fat39 point out that, such extraordinary abilities make it possible for the organisations to
gain and maintain acompetitive advantage in the turbulent and volatile environment
and in the conditions of intensified competition.
By aturbulent environment one can understand both more and more frequent
market changes and also intensive technological changes. Due to the specificity of the
dynamic capabilities, they gain in importance when the surroundings of the organisa-
tion become more frequently exposed to substantial changes this is why, they are ex-
tremely important for companies operating within the global economy.
Some researchers point at concrete, crucial dynamic capabilities of an organisa-
tion which make it possible to transform the existing resources into new ones. For ex-
ample, P.A.Pavlou and O. A. El Sawy identify such capabilities as40:
predicting, sensing changes in the environment, new trends of the global economy,
which can be defined as business intelligence;
the ability to learn including generating innovative solutions, creating and
disseminating new knowledge, transforming the existing resources in order to create
new products and services;

K. M. Eisenhardt and J. A. Martin, Dynamic Capabilities: What Are They?, Strategic Management Journal 21
(October November 2000): 1105-1121.
D.J.Teece, G. Pisano, and A. Shuen, Dynamic Capabilities AndStrategic Management, Strategic Manage-
ment Journal 18 (August 1997): 509-533.
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well Publishing, 2007) , p. 4.
V. P. Rindova and S. Kotha, Continuous Morphing: Competing Through Dynamic Capabilities, Form
AndFunction, Academy of Management Journal 44 (December 2001): 1263-1280.
D.A.Griffith and M.G.Harvey, AResource Perspective Of Global Dynamic Capabilities, Journal ofInterna-
tional Business Studies 32 (Third Quarter 2001): 597-606.
Y. Luo, Dynamic Capabilities In International Expansion, Journal ofWorld Business 35 (Winter 2000): 355-378.
C. E. Helfat, Introduction ToThe Special Issue: The Evolution OfFirm Capabilities, Strategic Management
Journal 21 (October - November 2000): 955-959.
Pavlou and El Sawy, Understanding, pp. 243 247.
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the capability of integrating resources including not only the ability to aggregate
resources but first of all, the ability to coherently use them at the organisation level;
the ability to coordinate resources including the skill to synchronise actions and the
ability to effectively use the already existing or new resources within the existing or
transformed organisational structures.
The above mentioned capabilities are complementary to each other and influence
each other. For example, development of learning skills results in growth in business
intelligence level while the ability to coordinate resources affects the level of their
integration and vice versa. It should be stressed that, the dynamic capabilities existing
in organisations may vary, for example, as far as the level of intensity is concerned.
Identification of these capabilities still remains an interesting area for further actions due
to difficulties in the empiric verification of their impact on the company`s performance,
both in the scope of development and quality of the product, effectiveness of processes,
innovation of technology as well as managerial practice. Nevertheless, thanks to such
dynamic capabilities acompany can develop in the direction of new undertakings (See:
Table 2.).

Time Horizon
Mature Businesses Growth Businesses Future Businesses
Defend and increase Discover options and place
Resources to expand and
Focus the profitability of selected bet on emerging
build new businesses
existing businesses opportunities
Annual budgets and Investments, business Market insight data, initial
operating plans plans for growth project plans
Cost, efficency, Customer acquisition, Learning, adaptation, risk
Key Success
customer intimacy, speed, execution, taking, business model
incremental innovation flexibility innovation
Metrices Profits, margins, cost Market share growth Milestones
Relatively well defined Relatively flexible Lattice type
Skills of Combination of
Generalists Specialists
employees generalists and specialists
Competencies Operational Enterpreneurial Intrapreneurial
Culture to promote Promoting selected risk
Culture Advanced risk taking ability
business consolidation taking ability
Building and adapting
Role of Top Build and sustain core Leverage core core competencies to
Management competencies competencies address rapidly changing
Sense and seize
Continue existing Move with speed in
Roles of opportunities and learn new
businesses with new growth areas by
Employees skills by reallocating assets
predefined skills reallocating resources
and reconfiguration the firm

Table 2. The significance of organisational resources in business development

Source: S. K. Dutta, Dynamic Capabilities: Fostering Ambidexterity, Journal of Indian Management 2 (April -
June 2012): 89-90

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As mentioned before and which has been confirmed by B.A.Colbert41, J.B. Bar-
ney, P. M. Wright, and D. Ketchen42, and also P. M. Wright, B. B. Dunford, and S. A. Snell56,
according the Resource-based View, acompany maintains its competitive advantage not
only through gaining but, first of all, through developing, expanding and implementing
material, organisational and human resources in the way that they enable creating the
added value which is very difficult to imitate by competition.
Most attributes referring to these unique resources, which build advantage, are
rooted in such human resources as: skills, competencies, actions as well as organisational
resources learning mechanisms, procedures, controlling systems, which result from in-
teractions in complex social structures being created as well as evolving in time and in
conditions which are so difficult to specify and imitate.
In the light of the Resource-based View the significant role of the Strategic Hu-
man Resource Management - SHRM leading to the realisation of the company`s strat-
egy and building acompetitive advantage is clearly visible. An attempt to specify the
dependencies between actions in the field of human resources and the performance
of the company has been undertaken by J.E.Delery andD.H.Doty43, who point at three
main approaches to such dependencies: the universalistic approach, configurational ap-
proach and the contingency perspective.
The universalistic approach indicates that some actions in the field of human
resource management may be regarded as, so called best practices, which means that
such actions directly contribute to achieving ahigh level of performance by the compa-
ny regardless of an adopted strategy of the organisation, this is why, all organisations
should implement them44. As L. Panayotopoulou and N. Papalexandris45, and also F.Mar-
tn Alczar, P.M.Romero Fernndez, and G. Snchez Gardey46 state, the main fea-
ture of the universalistic approach is concentration on the functionality of organisational
actions which aim to bring an increase in the company`s performance. Moreover, as I.
P. Pardo andF.H.Perlines47 point out, these actions are also to be universal and thanks
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man Resource Management, Academy of Management Review 29 (July 2004): 341-359.
J. B. Barney, P. M. Wright, and D. Ketchen, The Resource Based View OfThe Firm: Ten Years After 1991,
Journal of Management 27 (November 2001): 625-641.
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Universalistic, Contingency And Configurational Performance Predictions, Academy of Management
Journal 39 (August 1996): 802-835.
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(Summer 1984): 36-52.
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Orientation And Firm Performance, Personnel Review 33 (2004): 500.
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Management: Integrating The Universalistic, Contingent, Configurational And Contextual Perspectives,
International Journal of Human Resource Management 16 (May 2005): 634.
I. P. Pardo and F. H. Perlines, The Relationship Between Human Resources Strategies And Business Out
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to this, they can be employed in different organisations regardless of their features and
environment in which they operate. The universalistic approach does not refer, however,
to the synergy of the best practices, so their mutual dependencies are not looked into.
Although the studies carried out by J. E. Delery and D. H. Doty confirm the posi-
tive influence of the best practices on the company`s performance, in the strategic
sense this approach does not contribute much to the management of human resources.
This is because, the universalistic approach does not take into consideration either the
bonds between these best practices and other actions and systems functioning within
the organisation or the mutual dependencies between them. Therefore, it refers rather
to the operational level of the company, which can be compared to O. E. Williamson`s48
economizing or operational effectiveness.
However, the operational effectiveness alone is not enough for the company to
gain and maintain acompetitive advantage in the hypercompetitive, global environment
and consequently, does not comply with the strategic approach. As B. A. Colbert49
remarks, the universal approach is rather heading for the homogenization of companies
and not their diversification, and after all, the purpose of the creation of astrategy is to
distinguish the company.
P. A. Pavlou and O. A. El Sawy50 represent asimilar view stressing that, the opera-
tional capabilities of acompany render it capable of fulfilling only current tasks while the
dynamic capabilities make it possible for the company to address anew strategy. The
operational abilities of acompany, as opposed to dynamic capabilities, do not ensure
survival in the hypercompetitive, global environment. The use of dynamic capabilities of
acompany with reference to the universalistic approach is then limited to reconfigura-
tion of dynamic capabilities or creation of new patterns of actions, which enables the
organisation to perform the necessary tasks and reach its goals.
The situation is slightly different in the case of the contingency perspective. The
basic principle of this view is the fact that the influence of best practices, which is so ap-
preciated by the designers of the universalistic view, on the performance of acompany
is not always the same, due to the occurrence of additional factors both inside and out-
side the organisation. These factors are, first of all, characterized by changeability, which
undermines the existence of universal actions which in any circumstances, can positively
influence the performance of the company. So, the actions undertaken in the field of
human resource management of the company should be dependent on the strategy ad-

comes: AConfigurational Approach, Portugese Journal of Management Studies 13 (May 2008): 194.
O. E. Williamson, Strategizing, Economizing, And Economic Organization, Strategic Management Journal
12 (Winter 1991): 75-94.
Colbert, The Complex..., p. 344.
Pavlou and El Sawy, Understanding, p. 242.
Dynamic capabilities in the era of globalisation

opted by this organisation51. As M.Marchington andI.Grugulis argue, actions in the field

of human resource management are supposed to combine synergistically to provide an
effective system of labour management52.
In the contingency approach to management an emphasis to tailor the actions
undertaken as apart of human resource management to the company`s strategy is clear-
ly visible, but this entails substantial stiffening of such actions. It means that, as aresult
of this approach the systems and actions in the field of human resource management are
to be subordinated to this strategy, serving its purposes.
The contingency perspective does not, however, take into consideration the
influence of external variables such as: competitiveness, technologies, macroeconomic
trends as well as changes in the context of work on actions and systems connected with
the area of management of people in the organisation. The contingency perspective
does not concentrate on mutual dependencies between the mentioned above actions,
either; it only focuses on tailoring them to the strategy adopted by the company. Thus,
although the discussed approach negates the existence of universal practices which
could, in any circumstances, positively affect the performance of the organisation, these
practices are still considered in the functional dimension, which does not refer to astra-
tegic management.
In 1981 M. A. Devanna, Ch. Fombrun, and N.Tichy stated that, most human
resources management functions are run at the operational level53 of the company.
Also today, this tendency has not changed in alarge number of companies. This view
is stressed by E. T. Stavrou and Ch. Brewster, who state that, the integration of human
resource management to business strategy is rare even among large organizations54. In
fact managers experience numerous difficulties transferring the actions carried out in
the area of the company`s people management into the strategic level, which results in
performing by HR specialists exclusively mere administrative tasks changing them into
The application of the contingency perspective results in the mentioned above
problem connected with management of people and defined as the fit versus flexibility-
namely, to what extent the actions carried out within ahuman resource management
should be subordinated to ageneral strategy of the company. This is because the strong
subordination of management of people to the company`s policy brings about the dan-

D. N. Hartog and R. M. Verburg, High Performance Work Systems, Organizational Culture And
Firm Effectiveness, Human Resource Management Journal 14 (March 2004): 55-78.
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Dangerous Illusion?, International Journal of Human Resource Management 11 (December 2000): 1112.
M. A. Devanna, Ch. Fombrun, and N. Tichy, Human Resources Management: A Strategic Perspective,
Organizational Dynamics 9 (Winter 1981): 54.
Stavrou and Brewster, The Configurational..., p.187.
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ger that the development of dynamic capabilities will be hampered, which, in turn, may
decrease the flexibility of the company. And this is flexibility that is currently the key fac-
tor conditioning building and maintaining acompetitive advantage of acompany.
Contemporary organisations including systems being part of them, are currently fac-
ing many challenges due to the changeability of the market and the increase in clients`
The substantial stiffening of these structures may adversely affect their capabili-
ties of facing these challenges, especially in the conditions of harsh competition. There-
fore, the systems operating in this organisation should be designed and used in such
away that the actions undertaken within this system enable or support the processes of
creating flexible organisational structures.
None the less, as it was mentioned before, acquiring and developing unique re-
sources of the organisation is not enough to be able to achieve success in achangeable
and turbulent environment. Some capabilities of quick reconfiguration of these resourc-
es in response to the occurring changes both inside and outside of this organisation are
also needed. Such capabilities may be created and developed when the managers of the
company notice the necessity for proactive and coherent activity, first of all, based on the
configurational approach.
The followers of the configurational approach define an organisation as acollec-
tion of various intercorrelating variables which constitute one entity. According to these
theorists, strategies, structures and processes occurring in these organisations form pat-
terns of organisational efforts which, as F.Martn Alczar, P.M. Romero Fernndez,
andG.Snchez Gardey state, have to be coherent to external factors and they also
should be internally consistent 55.
When considering this approach, both external and internal variables as well as
interactions between them are taken into consideration. The followers of this theory per-
ceive the configuration of the activity within company`s people management as some
kind of methodology which affects the performance of the company as awhole.
Thus, the configurational approach defines the actions in the area of human re-
sources management in organisations in an interactive and complex way. Therefore, this
concept is related to H. Mintzberg`s concept of strategy as apattern. H. Mintzberg de-
scribes strategy as apattern in astream of decisions56 which are taken by managers of
organisations. The comparison of the three discussed approaches, namely: universalistic,
contingency and configurational is shown in Table 3.

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H. Mintzberg, Patterns In Strategy Formation, Management Science 24 (May 1978): 935.
Dynamic capabilities in the era of globalisation

Relations between
Approach Basic assumption Methodology
Existence of Best Human
Linear and universally Deductive logic,
Universalistic Resource Management
generalizable. regressions.

The relationship
There are not Best Practices.
between the
Its effects depend on third Deductive logic,
dependent and the
Contingency variables such as corporate regressions, cluster and
independent variable
strategy or the internal and factorial analysis.
will be mediated by
external environment.
contingency variables.

The configurational
perspective focuses on
It is possible to identify
how the HRM patterns Holistic approach.
SHRM patterns from the
affect the organizational Cluster and factorial
combination of the elements
Configurational performance as analysis, principal
that built the HRM system.
awhole. Synergistic component analysis,
Those patterns could be
interdependence network analysis.
equally efficient.
relationships are

Table 3. The universalistic approach, the contingency perspective and the configuational approach
Source: F.Martn Alczar, P. M. Romero Fernndez, and G. Snchez Gardey, Strategic Human Resource
Management: Integrating The Universalistic, Contingent, Configurational And Contextual Perspectives,
International Journal of Human Resource Management 16 (May2005): 640

According to the discussed approach, actions taken in the area of company`s

people management are perceived not only in terms of their direct influence on the
company`s performance but also as an influence of such actions on other practices and
systems existing in this organisation. The configurational approach, contrary to the uni-
versalistic approach and the contingency perspective, takes into consideration both ver-
tical and horizontal relations in the area of human resource management. It also takes
into account external factors which influence effects of these actions57.
As I. P. Pardo and F. H. Perlines stress, in order to achieve ahigh level of acom-
pany performance, ahigh degree of fit must be present, both horizontally between dif-
ferent human resources practices and vertically with organisational and environmental
conditions58. Similarly, as D. Pittino and F. Visintin59 point out that, the higher the har-
mony level between such components of an organisation in the context of its activity, its
strategy and structure, the higher the level of performance of this organisation.
Despite the substantial differences between the three above mentioned ap-
proaches: universalistic, contingency and configurational, when analysing the influence
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D. Pittino and F. Visintin, Innovation And Strategic Types Of Family SMEs. ATest And Extension Of Miles
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Marta Czerwiec, Rafa Rejmer

on the actions undertaken in the area of management of people in the organisation,

each of them is worth looking into separately, due to akind of complementarity of these
concepts. The universalistic approach concerns the influence of human resources man-
agement on the performance of the organisation, the contingency perspective assumes
the influence of the complexity of external conditions of the organisation on the linear
dependence of this practice and the company`s performance. The configurational ap-
proach, in turn, draws attention to the fact that the organisation and the systems operat-
ing in it as well as its activity come into interactions with both external factors and the
systems and actions that take place within the organisation itself.
At the same time, in order to build and develop the dynamic capabilities of an
organisation, it is agood idea to use the holistic perspective of contingency according to
which achangeable and uncertain environment may each moment bring about the situ-
ation in which the applied by the management best practices suddenly become not
the best any more, and the hitherto action patterns become outdated. Once again, the
essential role of the human capital in the creation of the dynamic capabilities should be
underlined here as the participants, i.e. the members of the organisation perform adou-
ble role in this process on the one hand, they constitute an indispensable component
of these resources, and on the other one, they are the driving force that can maintain and
develop them.


The present-day conditions of functioning of organisations, especially within the

global economy create the demand for aquick adaptation to changes and the innova-
tion as well as proactive approach. This, in turn, imposes on the organisation an efficient,
full use of the existing resources as well as their effective and quick transformation into
new configurations. Both theorists and practitioners of management perceive in this
case the important role of the dynamic capabilities of the organisation.
The thorough understanding of the dynamic capabilities and their impact on
efficiency of an organisation as well as its marketing success is acrucial step in the di-
rection of the application of proper models of actions leading to afurther creation and
development of such capabilities. Managers, in order to address the rapidly changing
requirements of abusiness environment are forced to constantly decide which resources
require transformation and in what way it should be carried out. This is why, the creation
of the dynamic capabilities currently seems to be one of the most important aspects of
management. Some authors, for example, R.Adner and C. Helfat60 when referring to the

R. Adner and C. E. Helfat, Corporate Effects And Dynamic Managerial Capabilities, Strategic Management
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managerial staff, use the term the dynamic managerial capabilities, which means the
ability of amanager to create, develop and reconfigurate the existing within the organi-
sation resources.
Managers, in particular, should pay attention to the development of such organi-
sational skills as business intelligence, the capability of integration and coordination of
resources as well as learning abilities due to their key role in transforming resources and
their coherent employment, aiming to maintain acompetitive advantage in the turbu-
lent environment. Development of the dynamic capabilities is the key not only to the
adjustment to changes but also to initiating them and building the position of aleader
and innovator.
At the same time, the management staff should also remember about an optimal
use of the already existing resources, capabilities as well as about aconsistent use of the
worked out patterns of action provided they are congruous with the current situation
of acompany. Therefore, the contemporary manager should be both an administrator
of the resources and an entrepreneur, and also the propagator of changes. In the era of
global challenges and the uncertain environment, the contemporary role of amanager
is exceptionally complex. The key role of the human capital is then worth remembering;
owing to it the manager can gain support in fulfilling his or her role, which is today be-
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